Arrests made in connection to deadly Staten Island crash, nearby fatal shooting

Posted at 5:25 PM, Oct 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-02 22:24:37-04

ST. GEORGE, Staten Island — Four people have been arrested in the deaths of two people following a wild car crash and shooting in Staten Island that happened last July.

Sean Oliveras, 23, Isaiah Kelson, 22, Jaleel Hewitt, 26, all of Staten Island, are charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon. Marquise Ancrum, 22, of Staten Island, is charged with criminal facilitation.

Police investigate in Staten Island on July 10, 2018. (PIX11)

The string of events began around 11:45 a.m. July 10, when police said there was an altercation involving a knife in the area of the courthouse and the St. George Theater.

A Dodge Caravan fled the scene and careened into a B&B at Montgomery Avenue and Fort Place, down the street from the courthouse, police said.

The van struck Robert Craigwell, 26, who was pinned against the B&B, according to police. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Fran Williams was killed when she was struck by a stray bullet on July 10, 2018, officials say. (Family)

Thomas Moore says his son Atiji, 27, owns the vehicle, and was carjacked.

“He got punched in the back of the head while sitting in the vehicle,” Moore said. “There was a bunch of individuals coming from different directions trying to cut him he flees. Someone jumped in the van and took the van.”

Moore says his son was giving a friend a ride to the courthouse.

“When he dropped his friend off there was a little altercation between his friend and some other guys,” Moore said.

Less than two hours later and just half a mile away, a 67-year-old woman identified by family members as Fran Williams was shot in the face by a stray bullet. It happened near a bus stop by Jersey Street and Hendricks Avenue as she walked several blocks from her home.

“An investigation revealed that the suspects were shooting at another male who ran from down the street," NYPD Inspector Mark DiPaolo said. And we believe at this time. She was an unintended target."

Three weeks after the shooting, Williams died from her injuries.

On Tuesday, nearly three months after Williams’ murder, the NYPD announced a series of what detectives describe as gang-related arrests.

“Early this morning, four suspects were taken into custody," Inspector DiPaolo said. "The individuals have been charged with murder in the second degree, and criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree."