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March 24, 2019

Bronx teen carjacker shot by police officer last month linked to violent spree, attempted murder: prosecutors

March 15, 2019
A teenage carjacker who was shot and wounded by police in the Bronx last month now faces attempted murder charges for trying to run over a victim in another heist, prosecutors said Thursday. (Howard Simmons / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)

A teenage carjacker shot and wounded by police in the Bronx last month faces attempted murder charges for trying to run over a victim in another heist, prosecutors said Thursday.

Veantay Henry, 17, and three other suspects were charged in a 64-count indictment with of stealing four cars in a three-borough carjacking spree.

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The series of crimes ended when a uniformed cop shot Henry in the hip and legs on Feb. 4, Bronx prosecutors announced Thursday.

Henry’s trail of chaos started on Jan. 20, when she lured a woman out of her 2013 Toyota Corolla in the Bronx by claiming one of her tires was flat, prosecutors said.

The driver got out to check and Henry hopped into the front seat, then tried to mow down the car’s owner as she rode the stolen car down a sidewalk, prosecutors said.

On Feb. 1, Henry stole a 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe from a man in the Bronx, prosecutors said.

Two days later, she and three of her buddies — Rusheka Willis, 17, Emanuel Thomas, 22, and Mariama Kande, 18 — ditched the stolen Santa Fe, then carjacked a 2006 Honda Accord in the Bronx by pulling a knife on the man behind the wheel and taking his cell phone and credit card, prosecutors said.

They took the Accord to Brooklyn, where they robbed a woman of her handbag and crashed the stolen car, prosecutors said.

Undaunted, the group stole a handbag from a parked car, then forced a woman out of her 2011 Hyundai Sonata and drove it back to the Bronx, prosecutors said.

The violent spree finally ended Feb. 4 when Henry double-parked the Sonata in front of Family Court in the Bronx and went inside with Willis, prosecutors said.

The car had triggered a license plate reader, and patrolling officers tried to box it in as they waited for the duo to come back out.

A cab blocked the officers’ way, though, so Officer Vanessa Rodriguez of the 44th Precinct walked up to the Sonata, where she found Henry behind the wheel, prosecutors said.

The teenage carjacker pulled into reverse and pinned Rodriguez between the Sonata and a parked car, prosecutors said. Rodriguez fired three shots, wounding Henry.

Henry was freed on bail on the original charges on Feb. 13.

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