State Police say NYPD detectives picked up 32-year-old Corey Pohan in New Jersey and were bringing him to the Midtown North Precinct for questioning in Tuesday's assault near West 55th Street and Ninth Avenue when Pohan, who was not under arrest, abruptly got out of the squad car near the New Jersey Turnpike's 16/E/18E toll plaza in an area restricted to pedestrians.
New Jersey State Trooper Christopher Durning responded and found Pohan hiding on the roof of the toll plaza, officials say. He was arrested on a criminal trespassing charge and taken to the Newark police station for processing. While Durning was at the station, officers learned he was the man wanted for questioning in the Hell's Kitchen assault that left a man with a critical head injury.
Pohan was then charged as a fugitive from justice and sent to the Hudson County Jail on a no-bail warrant pending extradition to New York. It's not clear if he has an attorney.
Police say a suspect believed to be Pohan apparently got into an argument with a man who had been walking his dog in Hell's Kitchen Tuesday evening. Surveillance video (above) shows the suspect punch the man in the face and run off. The man fell to the ground and smacked his head on the pavement.
He was taken to the hospital with a serious head injury and remained there in critical condition as of Wednesday.