Greenwich Police make three arrests in stolen cars case

On June 27, at 2:36 a.m., an officer on patrol observed two suspicious vehicles on Cliff Avenue. The vehicles were driving at a slow rate of speed and appeared to be traveling together. As the officer approached the vehicles, they immediately accelerated in opposite directions at a high rate of speed. One vehicle passed dangerously close to the marked police car traveling in the opposite lane of travel.

Donald Earl Smith

Donald Earl Smith

The officer attempted to stop one of the vehicles, a Mazda Protege, and the operator continued to engage the officer in pursuit. The fleeing vehicle drove onto the dead end road portion of Byram Shore Road where the suspect jumped out of the still-moving vehicle and fled the area on foot. The vehicle now operatorless, continued to roll until it struck a large stand of shrubbery. Numerous patrols units flooded the area, and the suspect was located a short distance away by an assisting officer. The suspect was identified as Donald Smith, who is a supervised person from Stamford Adult Probation.

An investigation into the pursuit revealed that Smith and two co-conspirators, Shiquane Narine and Jamaal Hanton, had stolen the second suspicious car observed by the officer on Cliff Avenue. That stolen car was a 2007 Chevy Malibu, which was later recovered and returned to the owner.

Shiquane Narine

Shiquane Narine

The detectives obtained warrants for all three and with the cooperation of the Stamford PD, Norwalk PD, Adult Probation, the US Customs and Border Protection Patrol all three are under arrest.

Jamaal Henton

Jamaal Henton

The last suspect, Jamaal Henton was apprehended in Florida. The Customs Agents had received a NCIC wanted person hit for Hanton prior to his departure on a Carnival Cruise scheduled to depart out of Miami, Florida for a short cruise of the Caribbean Islands. After confirming our extraditable warrant, US Customs and Border Protection Patrol Unit boarded the cruise ship and removed Hanton from his berth which he shared with family members. His custody was transferred to the Miami Dade Police without incident.

On Aug. 3, Hanton and was presented before a Circuit Court Judge of Miami Dade, Miami Florida as a fugitive from Justice. Hanton waived his right to full extradition hearing.

On Aug. 13, Greenwich Detectives transported Hanton back to Connecticut via a commercial airlines and he was brought to the Greenwich Police Department to be processed.

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