Mamaroneck Businessman Foils Highway Suspects

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Vincent Garage in Mamaroneck

A story in LoHud about a local businessman foiling a plot by two suspects who almost escaped the scene of an accident on I-95 reads like a detective novel.

Anthony Paniccia, who owns Vincent Garage in Mamaroneck, told LoHud he heard the accident.

“I ran to see what happened when I saw them running down the Exit 18 ramp. I already knew it was shady to be running away,” Paniccia said. “I asked them if they were OK, and they said yes but they needed to go to the nearest hotel,” he told the newspaper.

Paniccia directed the man and woman to a nearby diner to wait and kept an eye on them from the outside.

“I said, ‘Listen, I got you. I’ll get you there, and I won’t tell anybody.’ Meanwhile, I notified the Thruway Authority of where we were going,” he said.

The accident happened shortly before 5 p.m. Friday and blocked the right and center northbound lanes on Interstate 95 near Fenimore Road in Mamaroneck for about an hour.

Police questioned the man and woman, who were both ultimately arrested.The man was charged with driving with a suspended license, a misdemeanor, according to LoHud.The woman was charged with two counts of possession of forged documents and possession of a skimmer device, which is used to steal data from the magnetic stripe on the back of an ATM card, all misdemeanors, as well as possession of marijuana, a violation.

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