2nd 16-year-old charged with murder for fatal armed carjacking attempt in Gates

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One 16-year-old is already charged with murder in connection to the fatal carjacking attempt in Gates

GATES, N.Y. (WROC) — A 16-year-old wanted by Gates police for a fatal armed carjacking attempt earlier this month turned himself into law enforcement Friday.

Gates Police Chief James VanBrederode says Anthony Jacobs was brought to the station around 11:30 a.m. with his mother.

Officials say Jacobs was arraigned Friday and charged with second degree murder. He pleaded not guilty and will be held in custody at the Monroe County Children’s Detention Center. His next court appearance is scheduled for Thursday.

Chief VanBrederode said police will hold a press conference Monday at 10 a.m. to discuss the case, and more about “the pandemic of violence and lawlessness our communities are experiencing.”

Police released photos Thursday of Jacobs to the public. He is the second 16-year-old suspect in connection to the fatal carjacking attempt.

Last week, 16-year-old Edgar Tolentino was arrested and charged with second degree murder in connection to the death of 71-year-old Richard Sciascia of Irondequoit — the victim in the carjacking attempt.

Tolentino pleaded not guilty last week at a virtual arraignment at Gates Police Department. He is being held without bail.

Police say Sciascia was the target of an armed robbery on Buell Road in Gates shortly before 11 a.m. on April 7. Chief VanBrederode says two suspects attempted to steal his vehicle which led to him being shot.

Sciascia was transported to Strong Memorial Hospital where he later died, police said.

VanBrederode said the incident in Gates was another in a series of armed carjackings which began in Monroe County around March 28.

Police say there have been similar incidents in the following areas so far:

  • Greece
  • Webster
  • Rochester
  • Irondequoit
  • Gates
  • Ogden

VanBrederode says if you find yourself as the target of an armed carjacking, you should surrender your vehicle.

“Please, if they do try to steal your car, just get out of the car and give them the car,” VanBrederode said earlier this month. “That is one of the most important messages today. Just give up the car, because we see what happens if you don’t give up the car, or if there’s some sort of struggle. Give the car up and we’ll work on getting your car back.”

Check back with News 8 WROC as we will continue to update this developing story.

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