Manhattan, NY – A New York police detective was mowed down by a fleeing felon during an attempted arrest in Times Square on Monday, according to police.
The incident began at approximately 12 p.m. on Nov. 16, when an officer tried to take 50-year-old parolee Miguel Maldonado into custody near 8th Avenue and West 45th Street, the New York Post reported.
The officer, who is a member of the New York Police Department’s (NYPD) warrant squad, approached Maldonado’s vehicle and tried to remove him, but the parolee resisted and stomped on the accelerator, according to police.
The suspect’s Mazda MX-5 Miata hopped the curb and went up onto the sidewalk, surveillance footage of the incident showed.
Maldonado proceeded to drive down the sidewalk, slamming into an NYPD detective before he drove off.
He sped through Midtown before crashing on West 50th Street near 6th Avenue, the New York Daily News reported.
“I saw him hit the mail truck, the UPS truck and then the food cart,” food vendor Moshiur Rahman told the New York Post. “He looked to his right, then his left, like he was trying to figure out where to go. He looked pretty scared. Then he started running.”
U.S. Postal Service worker Jayanta Sharma said he was parked in his delivery truck when the fleeing felon crashed into him.
“I’d just finished my shift and was sitting for maybe two minutes and suddenly there was a big sound and I felt the whole truck get pushed,” Sharma told the New York Post. “Next thing I knew there was a fire in front of me where the car crashed.”
The detective was transported to the hospital and is expected to recover from his injuries.
Maldonado escaped into the subway, according to police.
He was apprehended by NYPD detectives on Wednesday morning, New York Police Commissioner Dermot Shea announced in a tweet.
“More outstanding work by your NYC detectives,” the commissioner said.
Maldonado was wanted for violating parole and burglary at the time of the attack, according to WABC.
Additional criminal charges are now expected, the New York Daily News reported.
Watch the incident unfold in the video below:
More outstanding work by your NYC detectives. This morning they apprehended Miguel Maldonado, who struck & injured a Warrants detective while fleeing police.
— Commissioner Shea (@NYPDShea) November 18, 2020