GATES, N.Y. – The FBI is offering a $10,000 reward leading to the arrest of a man who carjacked a woman and pushed her into the Genesee River. He is accused of attempted robbery, carjacking, kidnapping and attempted murder.
Gates Police released surveillance video on Friday showing the suspect walking down the street around 1 p.m. just moments before officers say he tried robbing a real estate office on Chili Avenue with a gun.
He then ran across the street where he carjacked a 74-year-old woman outside her home.
He drove the car into the city and stopped on the river path near Flint Street. Before he took off running, police say he threw the woman into the Genesee River. She clung onto a tree and was rescued by first responders.
“It’s our belief, based on everything that we’ve seen so far, we’ve been able to piece together, that clearly when you take a 74-year-old victim and push them into the Genesee River, with an embankment of over 6 feet tall, I think their intent was clear, their intent was to kill that person,” Gates Police Chief Jim VanBrederode said.
VanBrederode described the suspect as a black male between 20 to 30 years old, 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall, medium build, clean shaven with short hair and may walk with a slight limp. He said he was wearing a black Dickies work jacket and black pants at the time. Police said he ditched his jacket, but wouldn't discuss any other evidence found.
“It is also our belief, based on everything that we’ve seen, that perhaps he lives in the Genesee Section of the Rochester Police Department,” VanBrederode said. “That would be from Exchange St. near the river, west, all the way out to Gates, somewhere in that area there.”
He said he hopes the video is just enough for someone to recognize him.
“I think if you’re a loved one, or you’re a family member, or a friend, I think you’ll recognize whether that’s somebody you know or not,” VanBrederode said. “That’s what we’re looking for, is someone to come forward.”
Anyone who recognizes the suspect is urged to call 911 or Crime Stoppers at 585-423-9300.