According to reports, midtown Manhattan was on lockdown this past week after a man threw a suspicious package into a police car near Times Square.
The man reportedly threw the package into the cruiser at around midnight before speeding away in his Chrysler SUV. Officers engaged in a chase around the entire city for about two hours. Finally, at 2 AM, police caught up to the man at Columbus Circle and placed the area on lockdown.
The suspect was identified as 52-year-old Hector Meneses. He refused to exit his vehicle, telling negotiators that he had a bomb strapped to his chest and that he “wanted to die.”
Six hours later, police used pepper spray to take Meneses down and arrest him. Fortunately, the man was placed into custody without incident.
As it turns out, the suspicious package was actually a fake bomb, and Meneses did not have any explosives strapped to his chest. The incident had an immense impact, however. It caused extreme delays throughout the city and incited an immense about of fuse.
“We were sleeping by the water fountain when we heard a cop saying ‘come out with your hands up,’” Jennifer Constanza told reporters. “Next thing I know, a cop tells us to leave. They told us a suicide bomber was nearby.”
What do you think of these reports?