ICE calls for NYPD backup while taking person into custody

RICHMOND HILL, Queens — Police officers with the NYPD were called to assist federal immigration agents in Queens Tuesday morning, an NYPD spokesperson said.

A large crowd gathered around 10 a.m. when Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were trying to take someone into custody, police said.

According to ICE, officers arrested Hardat Sampat, a Guyanses national during a targeted vehicle stop.

He had previously been released from the custody of the New York Department of Corrections and has multiple pending charges with Queens County Criminal Court.

The incident happened near the intersection of 101st Avenue and 112th Street in Queens. A legal firm that deals with immigration law is located at the intersection.

The ICE agents left the scene after taking the person into custody, police said.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement released the following statement:

On Tuesday, ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers arrested Hardat Sampat, a Guyanese national, without incident after conducting a targeted vehicle stop on a one-way street. Sampat was a passenger in the vehicle. He had previously been released from the custody of the New York Department of Corrections with an active detainer in place. He has multiple pending charges with Queens County Criminal Court.

After Sampat was arrested, ERO officers contacted the New York Police Department (NYPD) for assistance departing the location, as the vehicle the subject was in was blocking traffic (as advised by family members on the street) on the one-way street. The responding NYPD officers instructed the driver to move the vehicle, to which she complied. ERO officers then departed the scene without further issue.