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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Cops: Fake IDs, Police Pursuit and Arrests

Westport Police today arrested two Bronx men for attempting to open fraudulent accounts at a Post Road East wireless store and later engaging officers in a pursuit.

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Anthony Okefor (l) and Mamadu Sowe:held in lieu of bond. Westport Police photos

According to Lt. Eric Woods, around 2:14 p.m. police received a call about two men trying to open up accounts with what appeared to be fake identification at the Wireless Zone, 385 Post Road East in the Compo Shopping Center.

When the employee at the store began to question the authenticity of the suspects’ drivers licenses, the suspects quickly left the store, he said.

“Officers responded to Verizon to begin the investigation, while other officers began checking the area for the suspects,” Woods said, adding that a vehicle description and license plate number of the suspects’ car was quickly broadcast.

Woods said that Officer Shawn Sember observed the vehicle turning southbound onto the Sherwood Island Connector, and that Sember conducted a motor vehicle stop at Greens Farms Road.

“As he approached the car, it sped away traveling westbound on Greens Farms Road,” Woods said. “He then pursued the vehicle as it continued westbound.”

Meanwhile, Officer David Perez arrived ahead of the pursuit at Compo Road South and Greens Farms Road and deployed stop sticks, intended to puncture tires.

“However, prior to striking the stop sticks the vehicle pulled over,” Woods said.

Arrested were Mamadu Saidu Sowe, 45, and Anthony Ikenna Okefor, 27.

Sowe is charged with criminal attempt to commit larceny, unlawful reproduction of a credit card, third-degree identity theft, criminal impersonation, four counts of second-degree forgery, engaging police in a pursuit and reckless driving.

He is being held in lieu of a $25,000 bond at the Westport Police Department.

Police charged Okefor with conspiracy to commit larceny in the sixth degree and third-degree conspiracy to commit identity theft. In lieu of a $20,000 bond, he too is being held at headquarters.

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