Police charge suspects in attempted car theft in Prospect


By Andreas Yilma, Staff Writer

PROSPECT — State police charged two New Haven residents and a Waterbury woman in connection with an attempted car theft in Prospect Thursday morning.

Jahseim Cherry, 18, Ciera Leshay Jones-Whitfield, 21, both of New Haven, and Nashaly Rodriguez-Roman, 20, of Waterbury are each facing charges of second-degree larceny, third-degree robbery and interfering with an officer. Jones-Whitfield was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

The charges stem from an incident that played out on New Haven Road near the intersection of Radio Tower Road at about 7:45 a.m. Thursday.

Police said five suspects caused a crash with a truck from a landscaping company as they were driving southbound on New Haven Road in a car stolen from New Haven. No one was injured, police said.

A woman stopped to check if anyone was hurt, police said, and the suspects then tried, and failed, to get into her car to get away. Police said the suspects ran down Radio Tower Road and into the woods and continued into Bethany. A police K-9 and a drone were used to track the suspects.

Jones-Whitfield was arrested shortly after the incident, police said. Cherry and Rodriguez-Roman were taken into custody later in the day.

Police did not release information on where and how they were arrested.

The other two suspects remained at large as of Friday morning. They are believed to be in the New Haven and Hamden area, according to police.

Jones-Whitfield, Cherry and Rodriguez-Roman were each held on a $50,000 bond to appear in Waterbury Superior Court on Friday.