Escape from New York: Man Slips Chain Gang in Staten Island While ABC Cameras Roll

Naquan Thompson, a 22 year old man arrested for an alleged Robbery in Staten Island, New York, decided that life on the chain gang wasn’t for him. As police escorted him and his chain gang fellows to Criminal Court, Mr. Thompson decided he would slip the cuffs and take off running. Unfortunately for young Thompson, WABC-TV cameras happened to be filming at the exact moment he broke free.

After hiding out for nearly 30 minutes, the NYPD arrested Mr.Thompson near the ferry where they found him with a broken ankle. Mr. Thompson has compounded his tenuous situation well beyond his fractured ankle. Now, Mr. Thompson potentially faces a new charge of Escape.

A person is guilty of Escape in the Second Degree when, pursuant to subdivision 205.10(2): Having been arrested for, charged with, or convicted of a Class C, D, or E felony, he escapes from custody. Escape in the Second Degree is an “E” felony punishable by up to four years in prison. In the event Mr. Thompson’s initial arrest was for Robbery in the First or Second Degree, the crime of Escape in the First Degree, pursuant to New Penal Law 205.15(2), would apply. This crime is punishable as a “D” felony with up to seven years in state prison.

“Custody,” pursuant to New York Penal Law section 205.00(2) means restraint by a public servant pursuant to an authorized arrest or an order of a court.

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