Burglary suspect gives ‘hundreds’ of cops the slip

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All hands: Scores of cops descended on the border of Bay Ridge and Sunset Park to chase a teenage burglary suspect on March 23.
The big guns: 68th Precinct commanding officer Capt. Joseph Hayward speaks with a plainclothes officer.
Hark, a clue!: Police found a jacket matching the suspect’s description hanging on a tree in the rail right-of-way used by the N train.
Getting down and dirty: So they grabbed a ladder and followed.
In the trenches: Police begin searching the right-of-way.
A wide net: Police posted up at various intersections adjacent to the train tracks — including this one nine avenues over from where the chase originated.
Service delay: Police stopped train service to search the tracks for the suspect.

A teenage burglary suspect evaded scores of police officers in a foot chase that spanned Sunset Park, Bay Ridge, and Bensonhurst on March 23.

Police responded to a 911 call of a burglary in progress on 63rd Street and Fifth Avenue in Sunset Park at 12:53 pm, officials said. Officers chased the teenage suspect and called for backup.

Coincidentally, a small army of officers was escorting a cop who crashed his motorcycle on the Belt Parkway to Lutheran Medical Center, police said.

When officers pursuing the burglary suspect called for backup, the massive escort — which included K9 units and members of the force’s anti-terror Special Response Group — descended on the border of Sunset Park and Bay Ridge, filling the intersection of Fifth Avenue and 64th street with a dozen marked and unmarked police vehicles, photos show.

As many as 200 cops were in pursuit, according to our photographer on the scene.

The suspect hopped a fence at the intersection and jumped down onto the train tracks, according to eyewitnesses.

He fled on the tracks toward Eighth Avenue, making his way onto the N train’s right-of-way, police said.

Officials cut power to the subway and conducted an extensive search of the tracks and adjacent property, police sources said. Officers posted up on street corners near the train tracks as far as 20th Avenue in Bensonhurst, photos show.

But the suspect gave them the slip, law enforcement sources said.

Transit officials restored power to the line at 1:47 pm, and service resumed five minutes later, police said.

Reach reporter Max Jaeger at or by calling (718) 260–8303. Follow him on Twitter @JustTheMax.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

jjm from c. hill says:
Wow 200 cops & he still managed to get away LOL!!
March 25, 2016, 9:42 am
jjm from c. hill says:
Thievery in nyc is truly an artform & this guy is picasso.
March 25, 2016, 9:44 am
Thanks for the Laughs says:
'small army of officers was escorting a cop who crashed his motorcycle'

how much does that co$t?
March 25, 2016, 11:44 am
b says:
I was looking for film stills of The Little Fugitive and came across this,
March 25, 2016, 12:32 pm
John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
Now, I don't want to start any trouble on the air like this, but SOMEONE has to say it:
This supposed "robber" is even more clever and more able-bodied than this paper gives him credit for, if you don't mind me saying so. It's obvious to me, but I'll explain:
Please look at drawings 3 and 4. You will see a jacket, stuck on a tree. This IS the jacket belonging to the robber. He placed it there, strategically. He then climbed to the very top of the tree for a light snack, and to see where all of the police officers were. He then made a decision to either climb down or jump off of the tree, back-tracking down the road of his choice, taking shelter at his friend's-let's call him "Earnie"-mother's house. He and Earnie dropped out of High School around the same time and they often drink soda pop and smoke cigarettes together. It was then that he borrowed some of Earnie's clothing and shaved his hair. He made a deal with Earnie and his mother that they can each pick one of the stolen goods. The killer then walked out of Earnies home and past the detectives, with a chuckle.
I do hate to have to be the one to tell you this.
John Wasserman/Patriot
March 25, 2016, 1:03 pm
MJ from Bay Ridge says:
so the suspect distracted the police by throwing away his jacket into a tree inside the fence of the subway line.?
March 25, 2016, 3:05 pm
MJ from Bay Ridge says:
maybe the suspect is hiding in the sinkhole at 5 Av and 64 St in Sunset Park.
March 25, 2016, 3:38 pm
Donald Gump from Crook)lyn heights says:
Imagine that!..what would happen if some one was trained to evade police and other guerilla tactics
March 25, 2016, 6:05 pm
Rodney King from California says:
@ 'Rodney King'
Don't pressure to know how I feel about this incident.
March 25, 2016, 6:07 pm
b says:
... presume?

Well he said this much, which provides insight...

"Some people feel like I'm some kind of hero," he said. "Others hate me. They say I deserved it. Other people, I can hear them mocking me for when I called for an end to the destruction, like I'm a fool for believing in peace."
March 25, 2016, 10:11 pm
Anybody but John Wasserman from Anywhere that John Wasserman is not says:
John Wasserman is a total douche and complete tool. Enough, we got it, you're super witty! Big Reveal: You've never been funny or clever. Wait, lemme guess, you're now going to critique my grammar. Okay, go! Total Loser.
March 25, 2016, 11:17 pm
Mike from Kensington says:
Looks like the backup call went out to the keystone cops. NYC has upwards of 30,000 many of them are in good enough shape to run more than a couple blocks? Frankly, cops should be given physical exam tests every year to see if they can perform duties other than shooting their guns..such as running a mile.
March 26, 2016, 9:52 am
b says:
The details of Michael Brown's incident do no incite sympathy from me, contrary to the violin strings.

Exercise, a good idea.
March 26, 2016, 10:15 am
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
That's why you don't skip leg day guys.
March 27, 2016, 2:55 pm
Matt from Greenpoint says:
Must have been out of firing range.
March 27, 2016, 7 pm
Me from Bay Ridge says:
Snark, snark, snark...he obviously got away because he was crazy enough to go on the tracks when the power was on and the police waited until it was turned off.
March 28, 2016, 6:04 am
Tyler from pps says:
Seriously, though. All of the cops over the age of 30 in the photos look so physically worthless. Isn't fitness a BASIC requirement of performing this job effectively??!
March 28, 2016, 10:21 am
Tyler from pps says:
(And that wasn't a snarky comment... that was meant as a honest to goodness criticism of the NYPD.)
March 28, 2016, 10:22 am
John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
Hello, Anybody But John Wasserman, if that is, in fact, your real name. I'm just as God made me. Thank you for thinking of me though - and I'm sorry to interrupt.
March 28, 2016, 12:30 pm
KS from Bay Ridge says:
I had to double-check the date of this story just to be sure it wasn't April 1st.
April 3, 2016, 11:27 pm
Marta from Sunset Park says:
i love hearing these stories.. i dont live in SP anymore..but always want to know whats going on in the old neighborhood

this is too funny... sorry...
April 7, 2016, 1:05 pm

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