In a shocking development near the Staten Island Courthouse in St. George, Eric Velazquez, an 18-year-old Hispanic man, eluded law enforcement custody and allegedly proceeded to rob a home, all within a 20-minute timeframe.
The incident occurred in the early hours of October 17th, commencing at approximately 12:33 a.m.
Arrest for Felony Assault Inquiry
Originally, Velazquez had been taken into custody by the NYPD near the Central Avenue Courthouse. According to police reports, he was detained for questioning related to a felony assault investigation. The situation escalated dramatically while Velazquez was inside a marked police vehicle. The criminal complaint states:
“while the defendant was inside a marked New York City Police Department patrol vehicle, the defendant escaped from the custody of the officers by removing his handcuffs, opening a door and fleeing from the vehicle.”
Fugitive in the Neighborhood
Immediately after Velazquez’s escape, emergency communications buzzed with activity as officers initiated a search for him in the nearby area. Velazquez is reported to have sought refuge by entering a house on Montgomery Avenue, just blocks away from where he had been initially detained.
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Once inside, he allegedly rifled through a dresser, pocketing cash and donning a white hooded sweatshirt he discovered in one of the bedrooms.
A Victim Speaks and An Arrest is Made
Officers soon responded to a burglary complaint at 12:53 p.m., arresting Velazquez on Montgomery Avenue. A 59-year-old woman, the owner of the burglarized home, informed authorities that $80 in cash and a white Polo hooded sweatshirt had been stolen. Her account aligns closely with the allegations against Velazquez as outlined in the criminal complaint.
Charges and Court Proceedings
Velazquez now faces multiple charges, including burglary, escape, obstruction of governmental administration, breaking and entering, attempted petit larceny, and attempted criminal possession of stolen property. Public records reveal that he has pleaded not guilty to all charges and is currently free on a bond set at $45,000, with an option for $15,000 in cash.
The unfolding narrative of Velazquez’s alleged criminal spree and subsequent arrest calls into question the adequacy of current police procedures and reignites concerns about public safety.