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Colonie police say drug deal led to chase, rollover crash and manhunt Thursday

WNYT Staff
Updated: July 10, 2020 12:45 PM
Created: July 09, 2020 06:29 PM

COLONIE - Police still haven't found the two people who were in the Jeep that crashed on Morris Road Thursday evening, but they now believe it was spurred by drug deal turned armed robbery.

Police said multiple calls came in around 4:10 p.m. for a rollover crash near the railroad tracks. Witnesses said after the crash a single shot was fired.

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"Officers arrived here, found a Jeep on its side and unfortunately no one was still around," Colonie PD Lt. Bob Winn said.

Police found a large amount of marijuana and cash in the Jeep. They also found a single shell casing at the scene.

Investigators believe there were two cars involved, a white Jeep Cherokee and a black Dodge pickup truck. They allege the suspects were meeting for a drug deal. Police said the people in the Jeep robbed the Dodge driver at gunpoint. They said Dodge driver started chasing the people in the Jeep north on Morris when the Jeep caught the edge of a boulder and flipped over.

Police said someone in Dodge tried to retrieve their stolen property from the wrecked Jeep. That's when one of the people in the Jeep fired a single shot at him and everyone fled the scene.

The Dodge driver was found on the Northway at Exit 4 shortly after the crash and was brought in for questioning. 

Though Winn said they don't believe anyone was hit by the bullet, they did find blood leading into the woods.

"They appeared to have some injuries, we have found some blood trail evidence to the west of here where they may have also stolen some bicycles to try and make their getaway," Winn said. "So that is also being investigated at this point."

Drones, canines and officers from neighboring departments in Guilderland and Niskayuna all contributed to the search, but they didn't find the suspects who were in the Jeep Thursday night.

Winn said they're looking for one white man and one black man. Both are described as thin and in their late teens or early 20s.

Though some of the suspects have not been found, officials don't believe anyone else in that area is in danger.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Colonie police at 518-783-2744.

Stay tuned to NewsChannel 13 for updates on this story.


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