What began as a routine arrest in the Bronx turned into a scramble to keep control last week as a teenage girl allegedly filmed herself helping a suspect escape police custody. 

CBS New York published the video on Friday, appearing to show a New York City teen laughing as she tried to help another teen, who was already in police custody, escape.

Police in the city say that the incident began after a 911 call was placed about an alleged assault in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx. As the call was being sorted out, a girl allegedly pushed an officer, prompting police to takea 14-year-old girl into custody and place her in the back of a cruiser. 

New Yorkers are helping criminal suspects escape police custody

Local residents are helping handcuffed suspects run from the police.


But in a daring and not-so-intelligent move, another teen decided to whip out her cellphone and film the action as she approached the back of the cruiser and opened the door, yelling to the handcuffed suspect to run.

The girl who pulled the door open can be heard encouraging her friend to flee.

“Run! You got it! My sister out!” the girl can be heard yelling in the video. 

And while it might not be the craziest thing that officers see on a day-to-day basis, it shows the blatant disregard for rules and the lack of respect that residents seem to have for members of law enforcement. 

Other LE officials slammed the footage and condemned the act.

“She mockingly let her go and mockingly put it on social media as if it’s a joke. It’s not a joke,” said  Manny Gomez, a former NYPD sergeant and FBI agent.

Gomez says that it’s something that city officers are forced to deal with routinely, but the act caught on camera only solidifies the complete disrespect and feelings that are directed toward members of the thin blue line. 

“This is something that happens in the business of making hundreds and thousands of arrests every year,” Gomez said.

The two officers were inside the police cruiser at the time of the attempted escape, and the two girls managed to make it a halfway down the block before police realized what was happening and were able to apprehend both teens.

Instead of one of them facing criminal charges… now both of them are, police said. After the botched escape, a charge of obstructing government administration will be added to both of their tabs. 

Check out the video below. 


Investigators looking into the details of the incident said that the officers are not facing any departmental discipline at this time.

And this isn’t exactly an uncommon trend. Another video caught a daring attempt at an escape after police arrested a man in the Upper West Side of Manhattan just a few weeks ago.

ABC 7 was at the scene when the situation unfolded — and they caught they entire incident on camera.

Police responded to the Amsterdam Houses on West 63rd Street afternoon after 27-year-old Joshua Wiley was shot. Wiley was taken to the hospital to be treated for his wounds and is expected to survive.


28-year-old Raymond Johnson was caught on video trying to make a daring escape out of an NYPD cruiser. (ABC 7)


But during the course of the officers’ investigation into the incident, a number of other subjects were detained and then eventually arrested. 

But Raymond Johnson wasn’t planning on going without a fight. After he was placed in handcuffs and seated in the back of a cruiser, the 28-year-old suspect planned his escape. Somehow Johnson was able to climb his way out of the back of the NYPD SUV through the window, got to his feet and began running.

But he didn’t make it very far.


An officer tackles Johnson as he tries to flee. (ABC 7)


Officers quickly noticed his attempt to flee on foot and chased after him into the middle of the intersection, tackling him and wrestling him to the ground.

After they managed to restrain him, they literally carried Johnson back to the cruiser –making sure he wouldn’t have another chance to break free and run away. 

Watch the exclusive video from ABC 7 right here.

BREAKING: Video shows the moment a man escaped from the back of an NYPD car before he was tackled by police after a shooting on the Upper West Side: https://7ny.tv/2J9Kv65

Posted by ABC7NY on Monday, October 21, 2019


The officer who is seen tackling the 28-year-old man was treated for a minor leg injury. Johnson can be seen clearly trying to fight back as the group of officers surrounds him. 

Johnson is now facing charges of attempted murder, assault, criminal possession of a weapon, resisting arrest and escape, according to ABC 7’s report.

Wiley also faces two counts of criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment, as police say that he fired at least one round during the original shooting incident, though authorities say the weapon has not been recovered at this time.

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New Yorkers are helping criminal suspects escape police custody


Two other men were also arrested at the Amsterdam Houses scene after reportedly becoming agitated and disorderly during the police investigation.

29-year-old Levander Floyd was arrested and charged with obstructing governmental administration and disorderly conduct and 30-year-old Jesse Miranda was arrested on assault charges. 

All four men are scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday afternoon. 


It was not explicitly clear how Johnson managed to escape from the back of the cruiser. The NYPD maintains that department policy requires that all detained suspects that are placed into a cruiser must be rear-cuffed. They are investigating as to whether the sneaky suspect had been rear-cuffed before being placed in the SUV. 


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