GATES, N.Y. (WROC) — A teen is now charged with murder in connection to a fatal armed carjacking attempt earlier this month in Gates.

Edgar Tolentino, 16, was arrested and charged with second degree murder Thursday in connection to the death of 71-year-old Richard Sciascia of Irondequoit.

Sciascia died from gunshot wounds sustained during an armed carjacking attempt in Gates on April 7.

Tolentino pleaded not guilty Thursday at a virtual arraignment at Gates Police Department.

Edgar Tolentino (Gates Police Department photo)

He is being held without bail and is scheduled to return to court next Wednesday at 11:30 a.m.

Police say Sciascia was the target of an armed robbery on Buell Road in Gates shortly before 11 a.m. on April 7. Gates Police Chief James 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.

Police say they are still searching for another suspect in this case.

VanBrederode said the incident in Gates was another incident 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
  • Irondequoit
  • Gates
  • Ogden
  • Irondequoit

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. “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.”

VanBrederode told News 8 Tuesday that he expected charges in this case to be announced this week. He said the focus of the investigation was on “youngsters.” He says too many young people have too much time on their hands, and added that he thinks the juvenile justice system needs to be fixed. 

VanBrederode said these carjackings are not just limited to a couple of thieves. He says there are multiple groups they’re talking to. 

“It’s not just carjackings, there’s a lot of violent crime going on right now,” Vanbrederode said. “We’ve got to get the attention of some of these judges here and make sure we’re not just letting every gun arrest walk out the door the next day. The juvenile justice system — we’ve got to evaluate which ones to send home and which ones do we need to put somewhere so they don’t end up ruining their life and killing somebody else. Everyone’s got to step up and contribute more to what we’re doing. The same old, same old of this criminal justice reform just letting everybody go, that is not a good solution.”

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