MONTICELLO - A Sullivan County grand jury has indicted two Brooklyn men on numerous violent felony charges after a robbery of an AT&T store in Monticello and a high-speed chase with police on Route 17 last Friday.
The indictment charges Khalif Watson, 23, and Tyquan Hilliard, 27, with displaying what appeared to be a gun when they stole more than $3,000 of property from the AT&T store on Jefferson Street, forcing an employee and two customers into the storage room, binding them and stealing one victim’s personal cell phone, according to a news release from the Sullivan County District Attorney’s Office.
Police said previously the chase began after the robbery, and a white 2018 Jaguar - a rental car - fled eastbound on Route 17.
The chase lasted about 20 miles, reaching speeds up to 125 mph, police said. The incident ended at the Quickway Diner parking lot, off Route 17K in Bloomingburg, where numerous police agencies had responded.
The car suffered body damage and was towed after the chase, police said. A search warrant revealed a Ruger airsoft pistol, multiple stolen cell phones, masks, clothing and shoes, the release said.
A Monticello police officer was injured during the chase, the release said.
Hilliard and Watson were both charged with four counts of second-degree robbery, three counts of first-degree coercion, second-degree burglary, third-degree grand larceny, two counts of second-degree assault, tampering with physical evidence and first-degree reckless endangerment, all felonies.
They were also charged with third-degree unlawfully fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor.
Each faces up to 15 years on the robbery and burglary charges; up to 7 years on the coercion, assault and reckless endangerment charges and up to four years on the tampering charges.
The men remain in Sullivan County Jail without bail.