Northport Man Pleads Guilty to Carjacking With Uncle

Nicholas Franzone and Chad Morizsan
Nicholas Franzone and Chad Morizsan

A 23-year-old Northport man has admitted to his role in a carjacking with his uncle who drove into two Suffolk County police officers trying to stop them last year.

Nicholas Franzone pleaded guilty to charges of robbery, criminal possession of stolen property, unauthorized use of a vehicle, petty larceny and unlicensed operation of a vehicle Tuesday at Suffolk County court.

The plea came two weeks after his uncle, 35-year-old Chad Moriszan, also of Northport, was sentenced to 25 years in prison for pleading guilty to similar charges plus assault, assault on a police officer and leaving the scene.

Authorities said Moriszan stole a Ford Explorer from Commack. When two police officers pulled him over in Huntington, he drove into the officers with the SUV as he fled the scene in September 2014.

Morizsan and Franzone then carjacked another vehicle and stole credit cards from its 87-year-old owner in Commack. They were arrested at a Central Islip store hours later when they tried to buy a TV with the woman’s stolen cards, according to investigators.

The two Suffolk officers who were struck, Nicholas Guerrero and Heriberto Lugo, were hospitalized for treatment of their injuries. Officer Guerrero suffered severe head injuries, underwent surgery and required physical therapy during his recovery.

Judge Fernando Camacho is expected to sentence Franzone to 3 ½ years in prison on Sept. 9.