Who is Charles Polevich?
Charles Polevich is the suspect who allegedly involved in the hit-and-run crash that killed Nicki Minaj’s father Robert Maraj on Friday in Mineola, Long Island after Maraj was struck by a car heading northbound on Roslyn Road at the intersection with Raff Avenue, authorities said.
Polevich remained silent Wednesday morning as detectives walked him into Nassau police headquarters in handcuffs for a virtual arraignment on charges of leaving the scene of a fatal crash and tampering with physical evidence.
How old is Charles Polevich?
Charles Polevich, who hails from Guam but has a home in Mineola, is 70 years old in 2021.
Charles Polevich Car Crash
Detective Lt. Stephen Fitzpatrick told reporters that Polveich was driving his 1992 white Volvo station wagon northbound on Roslyn Road when he struck Maraj, who was walking in the road. He initially got out of his car, observed Maraj lying on the ground, then got back behind the wheel and drove to his home, where he then parked his Volvo in the garage and covered it up.
‘He was absolutely aware of what happened,’ Fitzpatrick said. ‘He looked at the deceased and made the conscious decision to leave instead of dialing 911, instead of calling an ambulance for the man. He went home and secreted the vehicle, so he is well aware of what he did.’
Nicki Minaj Father Death
Maraj, who was 64 years old at the time of death, was taken to a hospital. He died on Friday in Mineola, Long Island, authorities said. The Nassau County Police Department announced the arrest of 71-year-old Charles Polevich during a morning press conference.
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Charles Polevich Footage
Detectives used surveillance video from the neighborhood to track the vehicle involved in the hit-and-run crash to Polevich’s home in the 160 block of Roselle Street in Mineola.
He was charged with leaving the scene of an auto accident and tampering with evidence. Police said that had Polevich stayed at the scene and was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time, he would have avoided criminal charges.
Fitzpatrick told reporters police have been in constant communication with Maraj’s family.
Charles Polevich Arrested
Polevich has no prior criminal record. His name appeared in an article published by Pacific Daily News in June 2016, when a former bookkeeper at the Guam-based environmental consulting firm he owned was sentenced to federal prison for stealing nearly $159,000 from her employer.
Police testified in court that his staffer’s criminal actions nearly caused his small business to go under.
Charles Polevich Mineola
Polevich remained in police custody immediately after his arraignment, but Scotto said during the court proceeding that his client did expect to post bail shortly. Scotto also said he would “continue to discuss the matter with prosecutors.”
The judge set Polevich’s next court date for Friday.
Polevich owns an environmental drilling company in Guam and also has a residence in that U.S. territory where he spends most of his time, according to police. They said he had no prior criminal history or record of driving offenses.