ROCHESTER, N.Y. – A Rochester man has admitted that he hijacked a stretch limousine in Irondequoit and drove it into the city while trying to escape capture for stealing power tools from a home improvement store. Desmin K. Diggs, 28, pleaded guilty to felony charges of second-degree robbery, second-degree criminal mischief, second-degree assault and first-degree reckless endangerment; misdemeanor charges of petit larceny and leaving the scene of an incident without reporting; and traffic violations of leaving the scene of an incident — all in connection with events on June 22, 2007.
Diggs, who entered the pleas as his trial was to begin, will receive a prison term of nine years when acting state Supreme Court Justice Stephen R. Sirkin sentences him Aug. 19. Diggs also will be supervised by parole officers for five years after his release.
The Monroe County District Attorney's Office consented to the guilty pleas in exchange for a prison term of 10 years, said Assistant District Attorney Christopher Rodeman. Sirkin, however, promised to cap Diggs' prison term at nine years. Diggs admitted that he stole tools from Home Depot on East Ridge Road in Irondequoit and ran outside, where he pulled the driver of a 30-foot-long Hummer limousine from the vehicle and took off.
Irondequoit police followed him into the city, where he struck a Rochester police car at Clifford Avenue and Remington Street and another car at Clifford Avenue and St. Paul Street. Two officers in the police car received minor injuries. Diggs finally was stopped on St. Paul after the limousine jumped the curb and came to rest in the lawn of a church.
Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle