August 16, 2013

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Three indicted in car wash robbery, chase

WHITE PLAINS – Three men have been indicted in connection with the May 21 robbery of the Suds Car Wash on Mclean Avenue in Yonkers.

Michael Jordan, 29, and Joseph Pleasant, 34, both of Manhattan, and Marc Rispers, 30, of the Bronx, were each indicted on several counts of felony robbery, criminal possession of a weapon, grand larceny, possession of stolen property, unlawful fleeing from a police officer and other charges.

The trio allegedly entered the car wash late in the afternoon, armed with two semi-automatic pistols and robbed the owner of over $1,000 in cash, two credit cards, a portable phone and laptop computer.

They were seen by uniformed officers who tried to pull them over, but they fled, jumping on the Thruway and reaching speeds of over 100 miles per hour. At times, they drove on the right shoulder of the road and sped through the Ardsley toll barrier. The driver attempted to get off the Thruway at the Ardsley exit, but due to the high rate of speed, he crashed into a guardrail.

All three suspects fled from the car and ran into the Saw Mill River as police were ordering them to stop. One man continued through the river and up the opposite side. Another ran into the river and into an aqueduct that went under the Thruway and sat down in water exposing only a bit of his face. The third man ran into the river and attempted to hide.

All three were arrested by police. Pleasant and Rispers were committed to the Westchester County Jail without bail and Jordan was committed in lieu of $200,000 cash or bond.  If convicted, they each face up to 25 years in state prison.


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