Undercover officer chases suspect into laundromat

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – A man running from an undercover Cheektowaga Police officer gave up inside a William Street laundromat Friday.

The police officer approached the man at the bus stop outside of the Williamstowne Apartments on William Street around 1:45 p.m. because he suspected the man to be carrying drugs according to a law enforcement source.

Vincent Sorrentino is chased into the William Street Laundromat on June 2, 2017 (Chronicle/Surveillance)
Vincent Sorrentino is chased into the William Street Laundromat on June 2, 2017 (Chronicle/Surveillance)

As the officer approached the man he took off running.  The officer gave chase through nearby yards and the chase eventually ended at the William Street Laundromat at 2918 William Street. Around eight people were inside the laundromat at the time.

“We saw a cop who looked like he was undercover because he wasn’t in a uniform, chasing a guy through the laundromat.  The cop was going fast, but the perp was going very slowly,” said an eyewitness inside the laundromat.

As a bystander looks on, Vincent Sorrentino surrenders to an under cover police officer inside the William Street Laundromat on June 2, 2017 (Chronicle/Surveillance)
As a bystander looks on, Vincent Sorrentino surrenders to an under cover police officer inside the William Street Laundromat on June 2, 2017 (Chronicle/Surveillance)

“The bad guy took a left turn and knew that he didn’t have much time so he went right to the ground himself.  I thought it was all a joke.  I thought it was college kids just doing some sort of a video or prank.  It seemed surreal.  But as soon as the undercover cop got halfway through the laundromat we saw other cops drive up with their lights on, so you knew it was serious.”

Cheektowaga Police Lieutenant Tom Wentland tells Cheektowaga Chronicle that Vincent Sorrentino, 31, of Cheektowaga, was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of a Hypodermic Instrument, Reckless Endangerment, and Resisting Arrest.

Cheektowaga Chronicle has obtained and viewed full surveillance video of the incident from multiple angles but we are only releasing the portion of the video that does not contain the undercover officer.