MINEOLA, UNITED STATES.– The man who ran over the rapper’s father Nicki Minaj, and then he fled, was captured this Wednesday by the police.
The man, 70, stopped briefly to ask if the victim was okay, but did not call emergency services for help, police said.
Charles Polevich faces charges for leaving the scene of an accident and tampering with the physical evidence related to the death of Robert Maraj, 64, which occurred last week on Long Island, New York.
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Polevich, who splits his residence between Long Island and Guam, is free on bond after being indicted in Nassau County court. As a result of his arrest, his driver’s license was suspended, he was ordered to surrender his passport, and a judge said he cannot leave the state.
“I was absolutely aware of what happened,” Nassau County Sheriff’s Detective Steven Fitzpatrick told a news conference.
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“He got out of the car and saw the now-deceased man, got in his car and made a conscious decision to drive away instead of calling 911, instead of calling an ambulance for care,” Fitzpatrick said. “He went home and put the car away. He is very aware of what he did.”
A message was sent to Polevich’s attorney for his comments.
Maraj was struck at 6:15 pm Friday while walking on Roslyn Road in Mineola. He was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead on Saturday.
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Polevich got out of his car after running over Maraj, stood next to him and asked him if he was okay, before returning to his car and quickly leaving the scene, police said. Polevich went home and parked his car in a separate garage, in an attempt to hide it from public view, police said.
Polevich turned himself in on Wednesday, after detectives used security camera video to follow the car involved in the accident, a 1992 Volvo station wagon, that drove them to Polevich’s Mineola home, Fitzpatrick said.
Minaj, 38, whose real name is Onika Tanya Maraj was born in Trinidad and grew up in the borough of Queens in New York. He has not made any public statement about his father’s death.