The Newark Police Department reports the arrest of 31 year old Seth Brown, currently residing at 2739 Arcadia Zurich Norris Road in Newark, for Robbery 2nd and Grand Larceny 4th.
At approximately 6 p.m. on Thursday the Newark Police Department was dispatched to the Pizza Hut Restaurant parking lot for a report of a stolen car. The victim stated she was in the parking lot of the restaurant when Brown approached her and ordered her into her car demanding that she drive him to Fairport. She refused and a struggle ensued. Brown attempted to drag her into the car but she resisted and he forced her to the ground, taking her car keys from her hand. Brown then sped away with her car. The Newark Police notified the Wayne County Emergency 911 Center which alerted all State, County and Local Police. Soon the car was found abandoned and stuck along the road in Port Gibson, Ontario County. Police felt Brown ditched the car knowing police would be looking for it. Soon after abandoning the vehicle, 911 began receiving reports of a man attempting to stop other vehicles along Route 31.
Meanwhile, Brown was picked up as he hitchhiked west along Route 31. Soon after offering Brown a ride, Brown began to threaten the driver and ordered him to take him to an ATM for money. As they approached the Village of Palmyra, the driver observed a Palmyra Police Department patrol vehicle parked in the Palmyra Fire Department parking lot. The driver slammed on his brakes in front of Palmyra Officer John Vicaretti. The officer had received a dispatch to be on the lookout, should the first stolen vehicle be headed west. The operator of the second commandeered vehicle got out and began yelling that the passenger (Brown) had threatened him with a gun and was trying to take his car. “I guess I was in the right place at the right time,” said officer Vicaretti.
Brown was taken into custody but not without resistance. The first victim was not seriously injured but showed significant bruising from her struggle.
Investigation into the incident found that Seth Brown had approached at least two other persons that evening and had attempted to pressure them into taking him to Fairport, NY. He is currently on Felony Probation with the Wayne County Probation Department. Additional charges are pending from the second incident involving the Newark man who stopped in Palmyra. Seth Brown was arraigned before Village of Newark Justice Michael Miller and committed to the Wayne County Jail in lieu of $75,000 cash /$150,000 bond. He will return to court on January 16. The Newark Police Department was assisted by the New York State Police, the Wayne County Sheriff’ Office, the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office and the Palmyra Police Department.