BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – Police say a group from Connecticut is facing charges after an investigation into stolen vehicles and a chase involving several police departments. One of those suspects is still at large.
Around 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Boardman police were sent to Cover Drive to take a stolen vehicle report. That stolen vehicle was later found at the Red Roof Inn in Boardman.
According to Boardman Police Chief Todd Werth, an investigation determined that several people who were staying at the hotel may have had some involvement with the stolen vehicle from Boardman and another stolen vehicle reported earlier that morning in an adjacent jurisdiction.
That earlier stolen vehicle had been involved in a police chase and crash.
Police said during the investigation, a 17-year-old girl from New Haven, Connecticut with an injured forehead admitted to involvement in the theft of the first vehicle and chase. Officers arrested her on a felony receiving stolen property charge.
Police also arrested Peyton Thompson, 20, also of New Haven, Connecticut, on a charge of receiving stolen property. Officers said he had keys to the stolen vehicle from Cover Drive.
Investigators also identified a third suspect in the thefts, Montrell Holmes, 25, of New Haven, Connecticut, who they said ran from the Red Roof Inn and then stole another vehicle from the parking lot of the Days Inn. Holmes went north into Youngstown and back into Boardman and Poland Village, striking a Boardman police cruiser during the chase, according to Werth.
Werth said an officer received an injury to his arm during that chase. He is expected to make a full recovery and return to work in a couple of days.
Due to the increasing speeds and erratic driving of the suspect, police called off that chase.
“A white truck [came] around on the left side of me. So he’s on the wrong side of the road driving straight down South Avenue going at a pretty high rate of speed… Had I made that left, you know, I could have gotten hit and everyone in the intersection was kind of at a standstill,” a witness said.
U.S. Marshals are now looking for Holmes, who has been charged with receiving stolen property, obstructing official business, motor vehicle theft and failure to comply. Additional charges are pending, according to police.
Police say he has a long criminal history of related crimes.
Those with information on Holmes can call 866-4Wanted (866-492-6833). A reward may be available for information that leads to Homes’ arrest.
Boardman police also ask that those with more information on their investigation contact them at 330-726-4144.
“Officers in Poland Village, Poland Township, New Middletown, Youngstown and Boardman did an excellent job yesterday,” Werth said via email Friday. “When criminal groups from out of the area pass through and engage in crime and then move on, they often become very difficult cases to solve. Good patrol work as in this case gives us a great opportunity to identify a criminal ring and begin the process of dismantling it. Our next step is trying to get the word out to other law enforcement agencies who may have unsolved thefts that can be linked.”