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UPDATE: 18-Year-Old Accused of Harrison Robbery

Police say 18-year-old Jovone Melville stole a woman's purse early Tuesday morning, then hid for hours in a wooded area near the Metro North train tracks

After a nearly eight-hour search through the streets of downtown Harrison, police arrested the man they believe stole a woman's purse on Calvert St. early Tuesday morning.

Jovone Melville, 18, of 665 New York Ave., Brooklyn was charged with third-degree robbery, a felony, after police say he stole the purse after exiting a north-bound Metro North train just before 7 a.m.

Witnesses on the train told police Melville had been acting suspiciously, starting two confrontations with a conductor during his ride, police say.

After exiting the train, police say Melville proceeded toward Calvert St., where he mugged a woman and fled. Police spotted Melville on a local street a few minutes later, but he temporarily eluded the pursuit by hopping a fence along the tracks, said Harrison Police Chief Anthony Marraccini.

After canvassing the area for several hours, police say a group of kids spotted Melville along the tracks and alerted police. At about 2:45 p.m., police found the suspect in a wooded area along the train tracks near Maple Ave., where he had been hiding out for most of the day, Marraccini said.

Police were canvassing the area for most of the day. Train service along the New Haven Line was slowed throughout the morning commute.

Melville, meanwhile, was hiding in the same wooded space for several hours, police say.

"He would have popped up," said Marraccini. "I mean, somebody would have seen this guy walking around."

Witnesses at the train station Tuesday morning told police Melville was acting erratically, and was possibly on drugs, Marraccini said.

Bob Cobb August 28, 2012 at 09:06 PM
The suspect is neither short nor tall, old nor young, and of an unknown ethnicity. How, then, was the public able to spot them?
Ross Revira August 28, 2012 at 10:06 PM
This guy picked the wrong town. Imagine a black man in boxer shorts walking along the street in Harrison. I guess he thought he could just blend in.
NAO August 28, 2012 at 11:16 PM
So that is why the Police were on Harrison Avenue at 8am this morning looking down over the tracks. Great Job HPD and great job young people.
alberta August 28, 2012 at 11:52 PM
really ross we don' t need to go there after three white teen from harrison was just arrested for robbing a cab driver yes your own white kid in harrison see how stupid that sound when we put race at the head of a situation shame on you ross really
Ross Revira August 29, 2012 at 12:51 AM
I described the man arrested in the most objective way as possible being there was no picture or description The point is if you are going to commit a crime be a little more subtle. If you have a problem with that, then that is your hangup not mine.
Doug McKean August 29, 2012 at 01:33 AM
REALLY - SO THIS STUPID LITTLE PETTY THEFT DELAYED THOUSANDS OF COMMUTERS???
alberta August 29, 2012 at 11:29 AM
once again u need not describe being that didn't help them arrest him you was such being is jerk and now your comment to my reply show what a bigger insentive jerk u r my hangup is jerk like u have a wonder day....remember he was already arrested so what was the point.done with this and done with you
ts54638 August 29, 2012 at 11:39 AM
I am not sure I would categorize this as "petty". An individual behaves erratically and aggressively on a train, disembarks, attacks a woman and then flees onto the tracks and into the woods. Not someone you really want running around your neighborhood is it? It warranted the police response it got. Well done HPD and kudos to the kids who reported sighting him.
Patti August 29, 2012 at 12:53 PM
Yes, I agree, this was not "petty". For some of us, the tracks are in our backyards. You don't know what someone like that would do, what if the purse wasn't enough? He could have continued to terrorize our neighborhood. Many thanks to the Harrison Police Department for a job well done. Their constant presence helped our family feel safe during the ordeal.
Zach Oliva (Editor) August 29, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Police have now released the name of the suspect and charges he faces. That information has been added to the story.
ELLIE MARSHALL August 29, 2012 at 05:05 PM
three cheers to our police in stopping this crazy from causing any more trouble in our town. as for all the comments above;STOP THE BICKERING. A simple thank you to the Harrison Police will suffice

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