ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Two people were arrested Wednesday after police say a stolen car crashed into a school bus in Rochester.
According to investigators, a school employee was carjacked at knifepoint around 4:00 p.m. near Early Childhood School on Costar Street. The suspect or suspects drove away in her red Jeep. Police now say the victim was injured during the robbery, was treated, and is now recovering.
Officers spotted the Jeep at North and Bernard Streets shortly before 5:00 p.m. and pulled it over. They say the driver backed up, ramming into the RPD patrol car before speeding away.
After a brief chase, investigators say the Jeep headed against traffic and collided with an occupied school bus at Roycroft and Carter streets.
None of the 17 students on the bus were injured. The bus driver was also unharmed.
Police say the suspects fled the crash scene on foot. Both men were arrested quickly. One was hospitalized for evaluation.
Investigators said they later learned that one of the suspects in the crashed Jeep was involved in the Costar St. carjacking. 20-year-old Maliq McCullough was charged with first-degree robbery, second-degree assault, and third and fourth-degree grand larceny. 23-year-old Adeosun Hughes was charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
McCullough was taken to the Monroe County Jail and was arraigned Thursday morning. Hughes was released on an appearance ticket.
Rochester City School District Superintendent Dr. Carmine Peluso issued a statement regarding the incident:
It is devastating that the value of education has been decimated to the level where students and staff need to worry about their safety as they arrive and leave our campuses. Our schools must be safe havens from these random acts of violence, and the perpetrators must be held accountable. Yesterday, I spoke with Mayor Evans several times to discuss the challenges our school district faces daily with crime and the absolute importance that our schools are protected ground and shielded from these despicable acts. The Mayor agrees, and we will continue proactively working with the City to ensure safety outside of our buildings. I implore our community to come together to demand accountability for the crime surrounding our schools. A community that does not value and protect children and educators cannot progress and thrive.