(Huntington, N.Y.) Suffolk County Police arrested two suspects yesterday following an incident in which a police officer was critically injured in Huntington.
Second Precinct Crime Section Officers Nicholas Guerrero and Officer Heriberto Lugo initiated a vehicle stop on Partridge Lane in Huntington at approximately 1:35 p.m. While attempting to speak to the occupants, Officer Guerrero and Officer Lugo were struck by the vehicle which then fled the scene. A short distance away, the driver of the vehicle Chad Morizsan, 34, of 1 Ridings Gate, Northport, hit another vehicle and fled.
Second Precinct Police Officer Nicholas Guerrero. Officer Guerrero, who was injured in a hit-and-run crash on September 22, remains in critical but stable condition. He is being closely monitored in the Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit at Stony Brook University Hospital.
At approximately 1:50 p.m., the suspect forcibly stole a vehicle from a woman on Dovecote Lane in Commack. A broadcast notification was made and the suspects were located and arrested inside the Target, located at 160 North Research Place, Central Islip.
Chad Morizsan, 34, of Northport, is charged with Grand Larceny, Assault on a Police Officer, Leaving the Scene of an Incident that Resulted in Serious Physical Injury, Petit Larceny, Leaving the Scene of an Incident Involving Property Damage, Robbery and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle.
Officer Guerrero, 36, who has been with the department four years, was transported via Suffolk County Police helicopter to Stony Brook University Hospital. He was listed in critical condition with a very serious head injury. Officer Guerrero is being monitored in the hospital’s Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit. Officer Lugo was transported to Stony Brook University Hospital where he was treated and released.
“Officer Guerrero is a very hardworking, dedicated, well-respected member of police department,” Suffolk County Police Commissioner Edward Webber said. “He joined the SCPD in 2010 and because of his excellent interviewing skills, investigative abilities and strong ability to interact well with the public, he was assigned to the Second Precinct Crime Section after only four years. He is a true professional. Our thoughts are with him and his family and we pray for his full recovery.”
“Each and every day the brave men and women of the Suffolk County Police Department risk their own well-being to protect the residents of this County,” Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said. “Officer Guerrero is a true public servant whose bravery, valor and devotion to the job have earned him the highest respect from his superiors and fellow officers alike. It is a travesty anytime a police officer is hurt in the line of duty. Suffolk County’s thoughts and prayers are with Officer Guerrero and his family.”
Morizsan has been charged with the following crimes:
In addition, a passenger in Morizsan’s vehicle has been arrested in this incident. Nicholas Franzone, 22, also of 1 Ridings Gate, Northport, has been charged with Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle for his role in the carjacking incident.
Nicholas Franzone, 22, also of Northport, has been charged with Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle for his role in the carjacking incident.
These incidents and related events are being actively investigated by the Suffolk County Police Department and the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. It is anticipated that further charges will be forthcoming.
Morizsan and Franzone are being held overnight at the Second Precinct and are scheduled to be arraigned today Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at the First District Court in Central Islip.
Detectives are asking anyone who may have witnessed these incidents or has further information to contact the Vehicular Crime Unit at 631-852-6555 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.
The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty. Defendants are entitled to a fair trial with the burden on the prosecution to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.