On September 27, 2020, at approximately 10:45 p.m., State Police observed a pick-up truck towing a trailer, traveling northbound on State Route 37 in the town of Westville, without tail lights or brake lights. A traffic stop was initiated. After the vehicle initially stopped, the operator then sped away. The pursuit continued into Fort Covington where the suspect struck guide-wires, a U.S. Border Patrol vehicle and two State Police patrol vehicles. The suspect vehicle entered into Canada via Tarbell Road. The suspects ultimately stopped following the deployment of a tire deflation device by the Akwesasne Mohawk Police. They were taken into custody and identified as 26-year-old Khye J. Charleston of St. Regis Falls, and 29-year-old Alyssa M. Laflesh of Bombay.
The suspects were found to be in possession of a stolen truck and trailer containing spray foam equipment valued at approximately $50,000.00, which had been stolen from a residence in the village of Malone.
Charleston was charged with one count of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 2nd degree, two counts of Criminal Mischief 2nd degree, one count of Fleeing an Officer in a Motor Vehicle 3rd degree, and two counts of Reckless Endangerment 2nd degree. He was arraigned by the Bombay Town Court and released to reappear in the Westville Town Court and the Town of Fort Covington Court.
Laflesh was charged with one count of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 2nd degree. She was arraigned by the Bombay Town Court and released to reappear in the Westville Town Court.
State Police were assisted by the U.S. Border Patrol, St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police, the Malone Village Police, and the Akwesasne Mohawk Police.