Police Recapture Giovangelo in Onset, Arrest 2 Others

(NECN: Scot Yount, Hyannis, Mass.) - Hyannis hit-and-run suspect Gina Giovangelo, 18, was captured by police and arrested in Onset in a wooded area at around 3:30 Saturday afternoon.

Barnstable Police said another man and woman were arrested along with Giovangelo, accused of allegedly helping her elude recapture. All three were transported back to the Barnstable Police Department.

Cam Byers, 20, of Hyannis and Jordan Robinson, 20, of Centerville were arrested and charged with accessory after the fact in a motor vehicle homicide. Police allege the two "harbored, concealed and assisted Giovangelo after knowing she fled court with the intent to assist in her escape."

Police said Giovangelo attempted to purchase a car at nearby auto dealerships, and may have been seen at a local general store. Robinson was suspected by police to be the woman who drove Giovangelo to "several" Hyannis car dealerships.

Robinson was recently arrested by Barnstable Police, suspected ofstealing $21,000 from a 90-year-old woman for whom she served as a"home health aid." That case is pending in Barnstable District Court.

Byers was taken into custody after a car in which he was riding left the motel at which police believe Giovangelo was staying, according to Barnstable Police, who described him as a "known associate" of hers.

Wareham Police offered this information regarding Saturday's arrest:

It was a joint effort by the Wareham and Barnstable Police Departments
Gina was believed to be staying at the Rosewood Motel on Cranberry Highway
She was seen running out of the motel, at which point the chase began
She was spotted in the woods, but escaped police sight
The chase lasted about 30 minutes, but she finally gave up
Gina was arrested in the area of Roberta Avenue and Fairway Drive

Giovangelo was initially arrested during the week on charges of vehicularhomicide, but the 18-year-old was released on $10,000 cash bail. Sheappeared in Barnstable District Court Friday morning for her arraignment, but fled during a cigarette break.

The initial arrest came after Holly Tree Resort Hotel employees in West Yarmouth noticed her car appeared to have something stuck underneath it, and a portion of a wheelchair was found in a hotel dumpster.

She faces charges of motor vehicle homicide in the death of Lillian White, 47, who was hit in a Hyannis crosswalk while traveling in her motorized wheelchair. Giovangelo has also been charged with fleeing the scene of an accident that resulted in death.

Currently, Giovangelo is being held without bail for defaulting from court.

Both Robinson and Byers were being held at the Barnstable Police Facility on $5,000 cash bail. The trio was scheduled to be arraigned on Monday in Barnstable District Court.

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