K9 units, a helicopter, and numerous cops were dispatched to find a 16-year-old boy who escaped from a Brooklyn police precinct last night. The search was called off when the teen decided to turn himself back in.
Rhamar Perkins, a Brooklyn resident, had been arrested for "turnstile jumping at the Rockaway Avenue subway station in Brownsville" around 9:30 p.m. But somehow, while being processed by the police at Transit District 32 at 960 Carroll Street, he managed to slip away. The police issued an alert, and at 2:49 a.m., authorities said he turned himself in.
Police don't know or aren't saying how the teen escaped—the NY Post reports that he left his confiscated belt and shoelaces behind. Update: It turns out that Perkins asked a rookie cop to use the bathroom and made his getaway then.
Now, in addition to his initial "theft of service" charge, Perkins is charged with "Escape." And some police officers will likely be in trouble, as Police Commissioner Bill Bratton has said in the past that a rash of escaped prisoners is "an embarrassment for the department and something that we will deal with very severely as far as the officers involved."