Police have arrested the person who allegedly killed rapper Nicki Minaj’s 64- previous father Robert Maraj in a hit-and-run incident in New York that happened just lately. Robert Maraj was strolling alongside a street in Mineola on Lengthy Island at 6:15 p.m on Friday when he was hit by a automotive that saved going, Nassau County police stated. Maraj was taken to a hospital, the place he was pronounced useless on Saturday.
As per E! Information, on Wednesday, Nassau County Police held a press convention the place they introduced the arrest of Charles Polevich. In keeping with authorities, the 70-year-old was driving the car that struck and killed Maraj on the night of February 12.
After surrendering to the authorities, Polevich was charged with leaving the scene of an accident with a fatality and tampering with bodily proof. In a press release to the publication, Polevich’s legal professional, Michael A. Scotto, stated, “It is a tragic accident and the Maraj household are in our ideas.” As per E! Information, the person’s bail is about to USD 250,000. Moreover, Polevich was ordered to give up his passport, his driver’s license has additionally been suspended and he has been requested to stay in New York in the course of the case. His subsequent court docket date is about for February 19.
Nassau County Detective Lt. Stephen Fitzpatrick claimed that Polevich was conscious of Maraj’s extreme accidents and selected to flee the scene, describing on the press convention, “He obtained out of the automotive, appeared on the deceased, obtained into his automotive and made the acutely aware resolution to depart as a substitute of dialing 911 and calling an ambulance for the person. He went house and secreted his car.”
Police stated that Maraj, who was believed to be strolling to a neighborhood retailer on the time of the accident, finally succumbed to his accidents. Polevich and his 1992 Volvo Station Wagon, which Fitzpatrick described as “extra distinctive than fashionable automobiles,” was positioned via visitors and safety footage.
Authorities alleged that Polevich additionally took measures to “secrete his automotive from being discovered by police” by hiding it in a storage and protecting it with a tarp. Minaj has not publicly addressed her father’s demise but, however her father’s estranged spouse, Carol Maraj, advised Newsday his kids “are happy” to know the suspect has been arrested. She added, “I am very, very, very joyful in regards to the arrest.”
Beforehand, Minaj had opened up about how her father was abusive in the direction of her mom, and recalled how he as soon as set fireplace to their home whereas her mom was inside.
“I bear in mind when my mom would let my father be violent together with her and he or she at all times brings up this story about after I was a bit of lady and I’d stand in entrance of my mom (with my arms out to guard her),” Minaj stated in a clip that options in her documentary that she posted on Instagram in 2018.
Minaj, 38, was born Onika Tanya Maraj in Trinidad and was raised within the New York Metropolis borough of Queens. Minaj gave delivery to her first son together with her husband Kenneth Petty late final 12 months. She has since devoted her time to embracing motherhood.
– with ANI inputs