Five of the suspects indicted in Washington County on charges of aggravated attempted murder in connection with a December 2017 drug-related shooting in Calais and ensuing high-speed car chase. Top row, Elmer Frias, Jordan Rodriguez; bottom row, Saul Figuereo, Marco-Luis Figuereo-Frias, Stephen M. Perkins. Credit: Courtesy Washington County Jail

Six people have been indicted in Washington County on charges of aggravated attempted murder in connection with a drug-related shooting in Calais and ensuing high-speed car chase last December.

Saul Figuereo, Marco-Luis Figuereo-Frias, Elmer Frias, Stephen M. Perkins, Jordan Rodriguez and Brittany Wescott each was indicted Tuesday by a Washington County grand jury. Perkins, 27, and Wescott, 25, are both from Baileyville, while the other men, all in their 20s, are from the New York City borough of the Bronx, police have said.

Perkins, who after his arrest was found to have 110 bags of crack cocaine in his intestines, also faces a drug possession charge, Washington County District Attorney Matthew Foster has said.

Foster said Wednesday that Wescott was initially thought to be a victim or a hostage in the incident “but as the investigation progressed, the evidence showed that she played an integral role in the crimes.” He added that Figuereo-Frias also is facing driving charges related to the high-speed chase.

Each of the six additionally face two counts of aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs, criminal intent and criminal conspiracy to commit murder.

No one was injured in the shooting, which occurred Dec. 27 outside the Calais Motor Inn. Shots were fired at a local man from a car in which the five now-indicted men were riding, Calais police have said. A .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun was found on the street near where the shooting occurred, according to police.

Investigators have not publicly identified the man who was shot at but have said he was not hurt.

Minutes after the shooting, police stopped the car in Calais. But Perkins, who had been driving, tried to get away on foot while Figuereo-Frias jumped into the driver’s seat and sped off north on Route 1, leading police on a 44-mile chase that ended in Brookton when the car skidded off the road, according to police. All four New York City men then ran in different directions into the surrounding woods but were caught one by one over the next hour or so, police have said.

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