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Rather Than Surrender, He Jumped Off Brooklyn Bridge

42-year-old suspected thief died within hours
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted May 27, 2019 8:23 AM CDT
Motorists cross over the Brooklyn Bridge heading west into Manhattan on March 29, 2019.   (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

(Newser) – Pursued by police, a suspected thief reportedly yelled "I'm not going back to jail!" then took a fatal plunge off the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday. Police responded to a carjacking in Brooklyn's Dumbo neighborhood around 9:45pm, finding a man behind the wheel of a car as a woman struggled to get out. The driver took off with her still inside, hit a police cruiser, sped over the Brooklyn Bridge toward Manhattan, made a U-turn, then hit another cruiser, cops say, noting no one was injured.

With officers blocking the ramp exits, per WINS, the man then hopped out of the car, yelled "I'm not going back to jail!" and jumped over the side of a bridge ramp, landing on the street below, the New York Post reports, citing police sources. The 42-year-old man, who'd allegedly snatched the purse of the passenger before getting in her car, was rushed to Bellevue Medical Center, where he died very early Sunday, per the Post. (Another man jumped from the bridge—and survived.)

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