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Suspect Slips from Custody, Becoming at Least 14th NY Escapee This Year

July 02, 2002
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Suspect Slips from Custody, Becoming at Least 14th NY Escapee This Year

The Associated Press

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 said.

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, Price said.

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 out 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 in prisoner handling.

Initial reports of Marin's escape recalled the May flight of Delores Carpino, 43, a drug possession suspect who, police said, slipped out of her 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 in the jewelry store robbery, Price said. A pistol also was recovered in the home.

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