Chase suspect may have robbed bank


ALBION — A parolee arrested after two armed robberies and a wild police chase through Orleans County is a suspect in a bank robbery last week in Brockport, law enforcement officials said.

John S. Cecchini, 27, of Medina also is a suspect in numerous burglaries to buildings in the western portion of Orleans County, sources told The Daily News.

Cecchini and Chakya Williams, 19, of Rochester were taken into custody on Stillwater Road in Carlton late Monday morning.

The two led police on a high-speed chase that began after two reported armed robberies, one at Crosby’s in Albion and another at Family Dollar in Medina.

Albion Police Lt. David Mogle saw the suspects’ car on Route 104 in Ridgeway and gave chase.

The two led police through Ridgeway, Gaines and Carlton, traveling at high speeds and through lawns and ditches to avoid roadblocks.

The car also sped at a deputy, who had to jump out of the way. That prompted police to fire shots at the car as it sped off.

The car’s tire broke off on Stillwater Road, ending the chase.

Williams was charged with two counts of second-degree robbery and petit larceny and was jailed with bail set at $10,000.

Cecchini has yet to be charged as of Thursday.

He was jailed on a parole warrant and was in Orleans County Jail without bail.

Cecchini is a suspect in the April 2 robbery of Five Star Bank on West Avenue in Brockport.

Monroe County sheriff’s investigators said a man entered the bank at 11:45 a.m. and handed a teller a note demanding money and threatening a weapon.

No weapon was displayed. The man got away with an unspecified amount of money and was last seen on foot heading west on West Avenue.

A K9 unit and deputies set up a perimeter, with no luck.

Cecchini has served most of his adult life in prison. He was last released to parole on Oct. 15 and is on parole until Jan. 14, 2025.

Cecchini also is believed to be the driver in a pickup truck crash on Route 104 in Murray on March 23. The truck left the road and slammed into trees, nearly cutting the truck in two. The driver was able to free himself from the wreckage and ran into the woods.

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