2005-01-07 / Community

NYPD Chases GLA Suspect To Lawrence

By Howard Schwach


Meadow Causeway in Nassau County, where the car thief was finally cornered, is right across Route 878 from the West Lawrence section of Rockaway.
Meadow Causeway in Nassau County, where the car thief was finally cornered, is right across Route 878 from the West Lawrence section of Rockaway. Motorists driving on Meadow Causeway in Lawrence on the afternoon of December 30 were startled when several New York City police cruisers roared up the road the wrong way at the same time that Nassau County police cruisers came at them with lights and sirens blaring from the other direction.

“It was like something out of a ‘Die Hard’ crime movie,” one motorist who stopped dead as soon as he saw the action, told The Wave. “I didn’t know what to do.”

Then, the witness said, he saw a young man run right in front of his car with two NYPD cruisers chasing him.

“He went right over the fence and the officers jumped from their cars, leaving the doors open and blocking the road, and took off after him,” the eyewitness said. “More cops, both NYPD and Nassau followed them through an opening in the fence. There must have been 30 police officers in all.”

Officers soon trapped the so-far unidentified man in the backyards bordering Route 878, the road that separates New York City from Nassau County.

What started the action that ended in Lawrence was the theft of a 2004 Nissan nearby Reads Lane in the West Lawrence section of Rockaway.

When police pulled over the stolen car, the driver, later identified as Alex Hines, 33 of Central Avenue in Far Rockaway, fled through the backyards, working his way towards Route 878, apparently attempting to get away by fleeing the city entirely.

Police from the 101 Precinct called in the NYPD’s aviation unit, which responded quickly from Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn.

While the K-9 Unit was called in as well in an attempt to ferret out the car their, Hines was apprehended before that unit could reach the scene.

He was taken to the 101 Precinct house in Far Rockaway for questioning and then to Queens Central Booking for arraignment.

It was unclear at press time as to the charges that would be brought against him.

“This was a spectacular chase and arrest for a pretty unspectacular charge,” said Captain Walter Salowski, the Commanding Officer of the 101 Precinct. “It was good police work by all concerned, including the Nassau County Police Department.”

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