NEW YORK (AP) - A teen-age armed robbery suspect slipped from her
handcuffs and fled a Queens emergency room Tuesday night, becoming at least
the fourteenth suspect this year to escape from police custody, police
Police were hunting early Wednesday for Jennifer Marin, a 16-year-old
suspect in the Monday holdup of a jewelry store in the Jackson Heights
section of Queens, said Det. Robert Price, a department spokesman.
Marin was being treated at Elmhurst Hospital Center for problems related
to heroin use when she apparently slipped out of her handcuffs and fled,
She became at least the fourteenth suspect to escape from police custody
this year. The escapees have ranged from a drug possession suspect
recaptured on the day of her flight to a serial rape suspect who walked
of an unguarded Bronx interrogation room.
The escapes have prompted a city council hearing and a department-wide
review of security procedures.
The review has lead to the installation of new security devices including
video surveillance cameras and bars for handcuffing prisoners inside police
facilities. The police department also is bolstering officers' training
Initial reports of Marin's escape recalled the May flight of Delores
Carpino, 43, a drug possession suspect who, police said, slipped out of
handcuffs as she was being escorted inside a police building, then walked
away and blended into a crowd.
Marin was arrested Monday in her home along with three male suspects
the jewelry store robbery, Price said. A pistol also was recovered in the