GLENMONT—On Thursday, March 15, at 4:15 p.m., the Bethlehem Police Department responded to the Glenmont Walmart in regards to a subject who had just conducted a fraudulent return of merchandise and committed a larceny.
As police arrived on the scene they reportedly observed the suspect fleeing in a 2001 Ford Taurus in “an erratic manner.” The vehicle quickly pulled into the Glenwood Manor Apartments just south of Walmart and the suspect reportedly fled on foot into a wooded area and an adjacent neighborhood.
Bethlehem officers formed a perimeter in the area and were able to locate the suspect hiding behind a garage in the rear of a residence. He was identified as Everett G. Rasso, 35, of Ravena.
A subsequent search of the vehicle that he fled in revealed hypodermic needles, as well as plastic baggies and a glass pipe with crack cocaine, and a plastic bag containing Fentanyl.
Rasso was arrested and charged with misdemeanor counts of petit larceny, falsifying business records, resisting arrest, criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument, unlawfully fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, reckless driving, and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. He was additionally charged with traffic violations for failing to obey a traffic control device, failing to signal a turn, failing to stop at a stop sign, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, avoiding an intersection, speed not reasonable and prudent and failure to yield the right of way entering a roadway.
Rasso was arraigned in the Town of Bethlehem Court by Judge Ryan Donovan and remanded to the Albany County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail. He is scheduled to return to the Town of Bethlehem Court on April 3.