Handcuffed Fugitive Escapes Back Seat of New York Police Car

NEW YORK (AP) -
A photo of the suspect from his arrest in 2017. (NYPD)

New York police are on a daylong manhunt for a suspect who escaped from a cruiser while handcuffed.

Police say 24-year-old Tyrone Johnson escaped from custody Saturday while being transported to a precinct in Brooklyn’s Brownsville neighborhood.

Johnson was taken into custody at 4:30 a.m. Saturday when police stopped him in his car, apparently for not signaling. They then discovered an outstanding bench warrant for his arrest on a prior charge.

Police say he was in the back seat of the police car, hands cuffed behind his back, when he somehow bolted. He fled on foot, wearing a camouflage jacket, and was still on the loose as of 9 p.m. Saturday. Johnson was last seen handcuffed, running down Thomas Boyland Street a half mile from the 73rd Precinct.

He was arrested last December for criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of drug paraphernalia.