Escaped Prisoner in Custody After Brooklyn Manhunt

What to Know

  • A 16-year-old prisoner escaped police custody in Brooklyn on Monday night. It's the latest in a number of escapes over the past year.
  • The prisoner was arrested after jumping a turnstile. Police said he has a rap sheet.
  • A helicopter and police dogs were used in a manhunt near Prospect Park. He eventually turned himself in.

A prisoner who escaped from a precinct in Brooklyn on Monday night turned himself in early Tuesday following a massive police manhunt. 

The 16-year-old prisoner escaped from Transit District 32, a transit police precinct in Crown Heights, around 9:30 p.m. Police sources said the prisoner was being transferred to central booking when he somehow slipped away. 

Police vans, K9 units and a helicopter combed the blocks surrounding Prospect Park in an attempt to find the teen, but he was on the loose for hours before surrendering. 

He turned himself in at the 75th precinct sometime before 2:45 a.m. on Tuesday. 

Transit police arrested the teen earlier on Monday for allegedly hopping a subway turnstile. The NYPD said he also has a criminal record. 

After his escape, residents said they hoped for a peaceful end to the search. 

“I just don’t want to see anything bad in the neighborhood. I want everything to get better. I’m tired of seeing bad things in the world,” Shabazz Ocean said.

This is the latest in a number of prisoner escapes over the past year. 

Back in December of last year, a prisoner in handcuffs escaped police custody in lower Manhattan. In August, a woman who claimed to be pregnant fled in handcuffs from a hospital. The month before, a prisoner ran barefoot from his cell at a Manhattan police station, and another man escaped as officers were escorting him into a different police precinct. A man escaped in June when a handcuffed man shoved a police officer and took off, but he was caught about a month later. The other three suspects were caught within days of their escapes, police said. 

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