5 New Yorkers nabbed in alleged stolen vehicle

NILES — A handful of New Yorkers was arrested after police found them in a vehicle allegedly stolen from New York.

Two girls, both 13, and Zak Gentile, 19, of Wyoming, N.Y.; Naviea Gorman, 18, of Geneseo, N.Y.; and Joshua Sumeriski, 18, of Williamsville, N.Y., were arrested after police found the vehicle.

Officers on routine patrol saw the vehicle and Sumeriski and Gentile in a parking lot of a business on Robbins Avenue about 3:41 a.m. Saturday. When officers approached, Gorman and the girls were inside the vehicle. The police report states the girls gave police fake names.

The trio in the vehicle told police they were “hanging out” and did not know they were trespassing. While talking with the girls, the police report states they determined that Sumeriski and Gentile were with them. The two men appeared and police asked for them to walk over to the officers.

Officers had the vehicle’s identification number and found the vehicle to be stolen. Officers asked for more police and then Gentile and one of the juveniles took off running. The girl quickly gave up, but Gentile cut through an alley and was lost between houses.

Moments later, Gentile came back and he was detained — along with the others in the group.

Gentile, Sumeriski and Gorman were taken to Trumbull County jail and the juveniles were taken to the Trumbull County Juvenile Justice Center, but police said they were turned away. The report states the charges are fourth-degree felonies and the center will not accept anyone with charges less than third-degree felonies.

The juveniles eventually were accepted in the center because of other charges from New York, and an interstate hold was placed on the girls, the report states.

As for the adults, all three were in Niles Municipal Court on Monday for arraignment where they pleaded not guilty. Sumeriski and Gorman were handed $100,000 bonds for charges of receiving stolen property. Gentile was given a $250,000 bond and charges of receiving stolen property, obstructing official business and resisting arrest. All three are jailed and due back 9:15 a.m. today for preliminary hearings.


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