A Freeport teenager has admitted to stealing a car from a man at gunpoint and ramming it into a Nassau County police car after officers chased him into an elementary school parking lot last year.
Remick Menjivar pleaded guilty Friday at Nassau County court to robbery and assault.
Prosecutors said that the 19-year-old and another man, Edwin Flores, 21, of Hicksville, approached the victim in the driveway of his Hicksville home when Menjivar pulled out a 9mm Republic Arms semi-automatic handgun and demanded the victim’s keys, wallet, and cell phone on March 20, 2012.
Menjivar fled in the victim’s Infiniti G35 while Flores followed in a Toyota Corolla but officers spotted the stolen Infiniti shortly later and tried to pull over Menjivar, who instead drove into the parking lot of the Fayette Elementary School on Merrick Avenue in North Merrick, where he crashed head-on into a patrol car.
The Infiniti then crashed into the school building. Menjivar tried to flee again but was quickly apprehended. Several officers were injured in the chase, including one who suffered a serious head injury.
Flores was arrested in Freeport shortly later. The Corolla he was driving had been carjacked four days prior in Queens. Flores pleaded guilty to robbery last month and is awaiting sentencing.
Judge William Donnino has promised to sentence Menjivar to 14 years in prison on March 15.