Report: Assault Suspect Dove into East River from Pier 35 to Evade Cops
A man wanted for assaulting someone outside the LaGuardia Houses last Thursday tried to evade cops by jumping into the frigid East River.
Officers fished 24-year-old Dashawn Carter of Staten Island from the frigid waters off Pier 35.
Carter had been involved in an altercation twenty minutes earlier outside the housing complex on Clinton Street. He was apparently arguing with a 29-year-old man at 1:40pm when he clocked him in the head with a handheld speaker, leaving the victim with a deep laceration.
The perp ran toward South Street before the cops arrived, and eventually dove into the water.
“That guy dove — like, literally jumped on the rail and dove in,” a Sanitation worker told the Daily News. “I guess that’s what he thought his last resort was — to jump into the river.”
The NYPD harbor unit plucked Carter from the river, cuffed him, and sent him to Bellevue for treatment. He faces assault and weapons-possession charges.