NEWS RELEASE DETAILS

DATE/TIME: Wednesday, October 5th, 2005 / 03:15 PM
SUBJECT:MAN ON ATF’S “MOST WANTED” LIST CAPTURED BY PATROL OFFICERS

A 20-year-old Brooklyn man on the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Most Wanted list who was considered armed and dangerous was captured by patrol officers late Tuesday night after a short vehicle and foot pursuit.

At about 11:15 p.m., Darnell Foskey (who had been staying at 404 McClellan Street) was operating a GMC sport utility vehicle on State Street at Brandywine Avenue when Officer Donald Kiser attempted to stop the vehicle for speeding. Foskey refused to stop and fled south on Brandywine. He sped through the red light at Duane Avenue and then continued south on Michigan Avenue. Foskey lost control of the vehicle at the intersection of Chrisler Avenue and struck a metal traffic signal pole, causing heavy front-end damage to the vehicle. Foskey then ran from the vehicle and was captured several blocks away on Wing Avenue.

Foskey was treated and released from Ellis Hospital for injuries he sustained in the crash.

While being processed at Police Headquarters, Foskey gave a false name and date-of-birth. A fingerprint check revealed his identity and that Foskey was wanted by the New York City Police Department for Robbery-1st degree and Assault-3rd degree, and by ATF. In March of this year, Foskey was indicted by a federal grand jury in the Eastern District of New York for multiple counts of interstate robbery and use of a firearm during a crime of violence.

In addition to several Vehicle and Traffic Law charges associated with the pursuit, Foskey is charged with the felony of Forgery-2nd degree and the misdemeanors of Obstructing Governmental Administration-2nd degree, Resisting Arrest, Reckless Endangerment-2nd degree and False Personation.

He was arraigned in Police Court this morning and remanded to the Schenectady County Jail.

Police Chief Michael Geraci said, “This arrest is another example of how traffic enforcement not only saves lives and reduces injuries, but also greatly enhances our criminal enforcement efforts on a daily basis. A very dangerous wanted felon has been removed from our community because of an observant and conscientious officer’s actions. There are frequent instances in which minor traffic violations evolve into significant criminal arrests.”

Inquiries about Foskey’s federal charges should be directed to Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Lesko at (631) 715-7900.