Two men entered a Webster home in early December for an apparent drug transaction that left one man pistol-whipped, marijuana, a laptop and firearms in the Irondequoit Bay and a police chase over the bay.
Police allege Brian Vega, 23, and Victor Santana entered the apartment to either buy or sell marijuana on Dec. 3. Santana was apprehended, and police are now asking for help in locating Vega, of Rochester, in connection with the crimes.
Webster police are attempting to locate Vega for questioning regarding first-degree robbery, second-degree assault and fourth-degree grand larceny. Vega, who goes by the street name of "B," has an extensive police history involving weapons, controlled substances and marijuana.
Around 4:30 p.m., the two men allegedly entered the apartment for a "drug deal gone bad," according to Webster police Investigator Gretchen O'Dea. The victim was pistol-whipped and the assailants left. Police are still investigating whether the suspects were at the apartment to buy or sell marijuana, but are confident it was drug-related. The victim has since moved from the apartment.
Sgt. Carl Adriaansen was on Route 104 near Hard Road monitoring the radio when a vehicle matching the suspects drove by. He followed the car heading westbound on 104 over the Irondequoit Bay Bridge when the car cut to the far-right lane. Adriaansen says he watched the occupants throw a plastic container of a "green, leafy substance," presumably marijuana, along with a laptop and pieces of firearms over the bridge into the frigid waters below. Police have searched the shoreline for the items, to no avail. They will try to locate the items once the water becomes safe enough to enter, O'Dea said.
Police lost sight of the car during the pursuit, but they believe it continued on Route 104 to 590 southbound, coming to a stop on Stonehenge Drive in Irondequoit, off Empire Boulevard. Police saturated the area, said O'Dea, who found the empty car. Police found Santana walking along a nearby backyard but were not able to locate Vega.
"He is considered dangerous," O'Dea said. "He is known to carry firearms, is involved with drugs and could have pistol-whipped the victim."
Anyone with information that would lead to locating Vega is asked to call CrimeStoppers or the Webster Police Department at 872-1216, ext. 231. There is a cash reward for information that leads to the successful apprehension of Vega, police said.