1999-09-04 / Front Page

Stabber Flees To Rockaway

Tries To Escape By Bay

By John McLoughlin

More than 50 police units responded to a stabber that fled from Brooklyn to Rockaway and then took a dive in Jamaica Bay as a last attempt to escape on Thursday morning, September 2 at 12:45 a.m.

Sheldon Haynes, 31, and his wife, 32, were having a dispute at the corner of Remsen avenue and Church avenue, Brooklyn, at approximately 12:25 a.m. when Haynes used a knife to slash his wife’s throat. She was rushed to Brookdale Hospital, where she was listed in stable condition.

Haynes then fled the scene with his two children, ages five and 10. A member of the Street Crime Unit followed Haynes as he crossed the Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial bridge and preceded on Beach Channel drive. As Haynes approached a police roadblock, he exited his car and jumped over the seawall at Beach 147 street.

Aviation, Harbor, and the Scuba units of the NYPD immediately took to the task of finding Haynes, who was recovered within a few minutes.

While Haynes’ wife is recovering in the hospital, the two children are in care of a family member.

Haynes was charged with attempted murder, kidnapping, assault, criminal possession of a weapon and endangering the welfare of a child. The knife used at the scene of the crime was recovered.

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