Officers suspended after shoplifting suspect escapes custody

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SUNSET PARK, Brooklyn — A pair of NYPD officers have been suspended for 30 days after a suspect in their custody escaped a police car and led officers on an hours-long search that spanned boroughs, officials said.

The officers, whose names were not released, work in the First Precinct, authorities said. They were involved in the arrest of Magsayo Cruz.

Cruz, 20, was taken into custody Thursday night in Tribeca on suspicion of shoplifting, police said. Shortly after, Cruz, still wearing handcuffs, kicked open the door of a police cruiser and ran off, heading into the Franklin Street subway station.

His escape was the sixth time this year that a suspect has wriggled from NYPD custody.

Officers combed the area then expanded their search to include other boroughs. Cruz, who has multiple aliases, was found about 12:30 a.m. at a group home in Brooklyn where he lives, police said. The shelter serves runaway homeless youth and is run by the Department of Youth and Community Development.

Cruz faces charges of petty larceny and escape.

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