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Syracuse teenager charged after police chase

Syracuse Police have arrested a teenager on multiple charges after a late-night chase through the city that ended just inside DeWitt.
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Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – Syracuse Police have arrested a teenager on multiple charges after a late-night chase through the city that ended just inside DeWitt.

17-year-old Saio Barzee, of 126 Fenway Ave., Syracuse, has been charged with robbery, burglary, criminal possession of a weapon, assault, grand larceny, stalking, and numerous traffic violations.

Police say Barzee’s crime spree included:

At 10:15 p.m., Barzee approached a man at the intersection of Comstock Avenue and East Colvin Street and asked him if he had change for $20. The victim thought that was suspicious, so he walked away from him, but Barzee followed him. The victim became fearful for his safety, so he ran home, and Barzee ran after him.
 
At 10:30 p.m., he approached a man on Lancaster Avenue, who was reaching into his vehicle, and stabbed him. Barzee then forced the victim into his own home, where he stole two of the victims' computers. As Barzee and the victim were exiting the victim’s home, Barzee wanted the victim to bring him to an ATM machine to get money, but the victim was able to flee Barzee. When he fled, the victim screamed for help, and flagged down a Syracuse University Public Safety Officer, who was passing by. Barzee then stole the victim’s 1998 Chevy Prism.

At 10:49 p.m., a Syracuse Police officer spotted a vehicle fitting the description and attempted to stop him. Police say Barzee continued to speed away and swerve at police vehicles, leading them on a chase that lasted around 20 minutes. Stop sticks were deployed at the intersection of Thompson Road and Alpine Drive, deflating three of the tires on the vehicle. The driver continued on, however, until he pulled into a parking lot in the 3100 block of Erie Boulevard East.

In that parking lot, he struck an unmarked Syracuse Police Department vehicle, and still continued to drive.  An officer in the vehicle sustained an injury. He would be treated at Upstate University Hospital and released.

Police say Barzee eventually exited that stolen vehicle, allowing it to roll unoccupied.  He fled on foot and was subsequently taken into custody after a brief foot chase.

Police are still investigating whether or not the youth was involved in other criminal activities reported in the University area.

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