Mineola, NY - June 11, 2015 - Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas announced the sentencing today of a Uniondale gang member for weapons possession and burglary in connection with a high-speed police chase through the streets of Hempstead and Uniondale in October 2013.
Oralus Sebea, 30, was sentenced today to 3-1/2 to seven years in prison with five years of post-release supervision by Acting Nassau Supreme Court Justice Alan Honorof. Sebea pleaded guilty in April to Attempted Burglary in the 2nd Degree (a D violent felony) and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 3rd Degree (a D felony).
“In his attempt to evade responsibility for his criminal actions, this armed gang member put the lives of responding police officers, as well as the lives of other drivers and pedestrians, at risk,” Acting DA Singas said. “I thank the police for their diligent efforts in apprehending this defendant and ensuring that no one was hurt that day.”
Acting DA Singas said that on Oct. 18, 2013, at approximately 5:58 p.m., police observed a 1993 Chevrolet driven by Sebea make a left turn while failing to signal on Fulton Avenue in Hempstead. Police activated their emergency lights and sirens, at which point Sebea increased his speed, reaching over to the passenger side door and pushing out a woman from the automobile.
Sebea led police in a high-speed pursuit through the streets of Hempstead and Uniondale. During the course of the chase, Sebea threw a Tec-9, a .357 revolver, and assorted calibers of ammunition from his moving vehicle.
Sebea stopped on Van Buren Street and led police on a foot pursuit that ended at a residence on Adams Street, where Sebea gained entry without permission or authority in order to evade the police. The defendant subsequently surrendered to members of the Nassau County Police Department.
Police later recovered the Tec-9 on Adams Street. The .357 revolver was never recovered. A M1 carbine rifle was found in Sebea’s vehicle, as well as an empty magazine of ammunition for the Tec-9.
The defendant, a known gang member, had two open bench warrants at the time of his arrest.
A member of Acting DA Singas’ Street Narcotics and Gangs Bureau is prosecuting the case. Sebea is represented by Jason Russo, Esq.