Drug Suspect Escapes Police Custody in Stolen Jeep in Queens

By Brendon Fallon, Epoch Times
June 17, 2014 9:11 pm Last Updated: June 17, 2014 9:11 pm

NEW YORK—Police have apprehended a 38-year-old drug suspect who escaped arrest in a stolen jeep at 7 p.m., Monday, June 16.

Bryan McMenamin maneuvered out of police custody after being arrested in Glendale, Queens, for allegedly selling drugs. Police said, McMenamin broke away from narcotics officers and jumped into a jeep at the intersection of 59th Street and Cooper Avenue. One officer tried to stop the escape but was struck by the car as McMenamin accelerated.

The officer suffered an injury to his leg and was taken to Long Island Jewish Hospital. He is reported to be in stable condition.

On Tuesday afternoon, June 17, police reported that McMenamin had been apprehended.

Glendale resident, Liduvina Santos said it’s likely McMenamin went East along Cooper Avenue and headed up 60th Street before reaching the intersection of Myrtle Avenue and Decatur Street—that’s where the vehicle was later found. From there it is believed that he continued his escape on foot.

Santos, 55 years old, has lived at the intersection for 23 years where McMenamin escaped arrest. She was at a local restaurant when the escape took place. When she returned home after 7 p.m., she was surprised to see helicopters hovering nearby. “It’s a quiet neighborhood for the most part,” she said. “Most of the neighbors are pretty good; we look out for each other.”

Property developers have contributed to instability in the neighborhood by converting one-family properties into residences that now house as many as six families, according to Santos. Developers then leave the area, she said, without caring who moves into the confined-quarter dwellings. “Houses don’t have the value that they used to have,” she said.

Santos added that the high cost of living is also a reason why some people in the area turn to criminal activity like selling drugs.