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Little, Levert led police in a car chase after allegedly stealing a vehicle in New York

By Kay Stephens

kstephens@altoonamirror.com

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Criminal charges against a New York teenager who led police in a recent high-speed chase in Blair County were forwarded to county court on Wednesday by Magistrate District Judge Fred N. Miller.

While defense attorney Kristen Anastasi argued for the dismissal of Zavion Tavaris Little’s most serious charge of criminal conspiracy to commit robbery during her preliminary hearing, Miller concluded there was sufficient evidence. to keep the felony charge intact.

District Attorney Pete Weeks asked Miller to consider that after Little, 16, and Adam Herrera Levert, 17, both of Rochester, NY, were involved in a conspiracy to commit a robbery that started in New York and was cut short when their vehicle crashed in Antis Township. May 28.

A search of their vehicle revealed two face masks and a knife that Weeks said allowed their plot to continue. Evidence presented in court on Wednesday indicated that the teenagers wore masks in Rochester, NY, where a man was stabbed multiple times before his vehicle was taken.

While the victim told police she could not identify her attackers, Rochester police investigator Blake Petty said Little and Levert were later identified, based on their face masks and their clothes, as observed on the convenience store video.

Petty said the couple abandoned the man’s out-of-gas vehicle near a convenience store in Ellicottville, New York, leaving behind a silver folding knife with blood on its blade . They then stole another vehicle nearby and drove it into Blair County where they led police on a high-speed chase before crashing near the Tipton on-ramp to I-99 .

Anastasi, who told Miller the teens were traveling to North or South Carolina to meet a relative, said there was no evidence to suggest they were going to commit a robbery in Pennsylvania.

“The Commonwealth asks you to predict the future”, Anastasi told Miller asking the judge to dismiss the charge of conspiracy to commit robbery.

Miller said that because the search of the wrecked vehicle revealed the masks the youths were wearing, as well as a second knife, he would accept the district attorney’s argument.

Miller also forwarded Little’s other charges — including reckless endangerment, flight, possession of an instrumentality of crime, escape and multiple traffic violations — to county court.

Co-defendant Adam Herrera Levert, who was not transported to the courthouse last week when the preliminary hearing was originally scheduled, was in court on Wednesday. But Levert chose to drop his charges in county court without a preliminary hearing.

The two teens remain incarcerated with bail each set at $250,000 in cash.

Mirror Staff Writer Kay Stephens is at 814-946-7456.



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