Major Carla A. DiRienzo
Troop T Commander
White Plains, NY – On June 24, 2021, at approximately 4:00 p.m., State Police assisted Mahwah (New Jersey) Police Department and South Nyack Police Department with a pursuit that entered New York via I-287 and continued south on I-87. Troopers out of the Tarrytown barracks joined the pursuit in the area of the Governor Mario Cuomo Bridge. The fleeing vehicle intentionally caused damage to two Troop cars, a South Nyack patrol car, and a Mahwah patrol car before the driver was stopped on I-287 at mile marker 5.2.
The driver, Henry L. Cofrancesco Jr., 51, of Hamden, CT, was assessed at the scene by EMS and declined medical treatment. He was taken into custody and transported to SP Hawthorne. The passenger of Cofrancesco’s vehicle, Jennifer L. DeJesus, 45, of New Haven, CT, was transported to White Plains Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.
During the course of the investigation, Troopers discovered that Cofrancesco was in possession of stolen merchandise, valued over $3,000, from a Petco store in Reardon, NJ, and a Petsmart store located in Nazareth, PA.
Cofrancesco was charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 3rd degree and Criminal Mischief 2nd degree; both Class D Felonies, and Reckless Endangerment 2nd degree and Unlawful Fleeing a Police Officer in a Motor Vehicle 3rd degree; both Class A Misdemeanors. He was arraigned before the City of White Plains Court and Released on his Own Recognizance for the State Police charges, however, Cofrancesco was held as a Fugitive From Justice for felony warrants out of Mahwah Police Department and transported to Westchester County Jail pending extradition.