SCHENECTADY – A suspect in an armed burglary and robbery hours earlier led police on a lengthy car chase last weekend, authorities said.
Police eventually arrested Lasun N. Blount, 31, of Albany, and charged him with multiple felonies, including burglary, robbery and reckless endangerment, authorities said.
Blount is accused of forcibly entering a Mont Pleasant residence just after 1:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon and forcing a man to the floor at gunpoint while demanding money and keys, according to allegations filed in court.
He’s also accused of child endangerment related to multiple children present in the residence at the time, according to the allegations.
About five hours later, police encountering Bount and Blount refused to stop completely, according to the allegations.
At one point, Blount stopped for an officer on Interstate 890 eastbound Exit 8, but he fled prior to police contact, according to the allegations.
Blount then led police on a lengthy pursuit through multiple jurisdictions, speeding, disregarding traffic control devices and passing “numerous uninvolved vehicles by traveling into oncoming traffic,” according to the allegations.
Blount’s actions placed “countless” innocent people in grave risk of death or serious injury, according to the allegations.
In the earlier incident, Blount faces one count each of second-degree robbery, second-degree burglary, first-degree reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a firearm, felonies. He also faces a misdemeanor count of second-degree menacing and five counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
In the pursuit, Blount faces one count each of felony first-degree reckless endangerment, misdemeanor obstructing governmental administration and unlawful fleeing a police officer.
Blount was arraigned and ordered held without bail. He remained in custody Friday.