Tuesday, 20 November 2012 00:00
On Nov. 8 at approximately 8 p.m., Garden City police officers responded to a report of burglary at a Chelsea Road residence in Garden City. An investigation at the scene revealed that the resident returned home and observed a subject in his kitchen. The resident retreated into his driveway and the subject fled the scene.
Later that evening at approximately 12:25 a.m., Garden City police officers responded to a report of an occupied burglary at a 3rd Street residence in Garden City. Police said an investigation at the scene revealed that an occupied home invasion had occurred and that the subject had discharged two shots from a firearm, prior to forcing the occupants into a basement boiler room. The subject removed property from the victims, including a set of car keys and then left the scene in the homeowner’s vehicle, according to police.
The Garden City Police Department reported that two additional unoccupied burglaries had taken place at 3rd Street residences in Garden City. During the investigation it was discovered that similar crimes had occurred in the Village of Hempstead on Bedell Avenue on Nov. 7. Police stated that during the home invasion on Bedell Avenue, the subject tied up the four male occupants while holding them at gunpoint. During this home invasion the subject also fired a shot, police added.
At this time Garden City Police Commissioner Kenneth Jackson, Hempstead Police Chief Michael McGowan and Nassau County Chief of Department Steven Skrynecki met and formed a multi-jurisdictional task force consisting of police officers and detectives. An investigation was started by this task force consisting of members of each department. As a result of this investigation, the identity of the alleged subject, Artie R. Jackson, was developed. The members of all three departments then began a manhunt for the subject. On Nov.11 at approximately 10 p.m., officers from the Nassau County Police Department responded to a call at a residence in East Garden City within the confines of the Nassau County 3rd precinct. Upon arrival at the scene, it was discovered that a violent home invasion had occurred in which the female homeowner was assaulted. It was also discovered that the homeowner’s vehicle was stolen during the home invasion. Further investigation revealed that several other burglaries had been committed on the same street.
Upon notification of the stolen vehicle, the members of the multi-jurisdictional task force responded to several locations where they believed the subject might be. This information was developed by the task force during their investigation. The alleged subject, Artie R. Jackson, was observed operating the victim’s vehicle by a task force member at one of these locations in Hempstead. Officials reported that the subject refused to stop when officers attempted to stop him and ultimately crashed and fled the vehicle. After a foot pursuit, the subject was located in the rear yard of a Lincoln Avenue residence in Hempstead and arrested. The subject was charged with the home invasion at the residence in East Garden City, the home invasion on 3rd Street in Garden City and the home invasion on Bedell Avenue in Hempstead. The investigation is ongoing and police said additional charges are expected regarding the additional unoccupied burglaries in Garden City, East Garden City, and Hempstead.
Jackson was arraigned on Tuesday, Nov. 13 and charged with two counts of predatory sexual assault, second degree murder, first degree assault, first degree rape, three counts of first degree burglary, four counts of first degree robbery, second degree strangulation, first degree sexual abuse, two counts of second degree murder and two counts of second degree criminal possession of a weapon.