Tuesday, May 8, 2007
More than 250,000 fugitives - including hundreds of suspected murderers and rapists - have managed to escape justice in New York and are still on the lam, the Daily News has learned.
After the hunt for a wanted drifter ended in the recent shooting death of a state trooper, The News obtained a breakdown of the quarter-million suspects who are ducking New York State authorities. The rogues' gallery includes 812 suspected killers, 537 accused rapists, more than 60,000 suspected drug offenders, 10,000 johns and nearly 11,000 people who skipped out on drunken-driving charges, The News found.
"These are big numbers," admitted John Grebert, executive director of the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police.
While a precise breakdown for the five boroughs was not available, authorities estimate that 37% of the tens of thousands of arrest warrants issued in the state over the past decade came from New York City.
Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]