Hector Meneses decided to toss a fake bomb into an NYPD van on Wednesday night before causing a standoff as police officers tried to arrest him.
Prior to the incident, 52-year-old Meneses is said to have never been in trouble with the law before. He is a Columbia native who now resides in East Elmhurst. After tossing a fake bomb to police officers in Time Square, he put on a red helmet and denim vest as he launched a six-hour standoff with police while he remained inside his Chrysler Aspen.
When the police tried to talk to him, he simply said, “I have a bomb strapped to me and I want to die.” Meneses refused all manner of negotiations with the police. The NYPD said that they decided to use a robot that could give them audio and video links of the subject. After a thorough bomb squad evaluation, they quickly moved into action and took Meneses into custody.
According to a report from DNA Info, Menses was taken to Mount Sinai Roosevelt following his arrest. He had been taxi driver and had applied for a license at the Taxi and Limousine Commission back in 2014. Just last April, the commission said that Meneses had applied again. He had no license when the incident took place.
What bothers many is that up until he threw a fake bomb at police officers, Meneses had been viewed by people in his neighborhood as a quiet man who went to church regularly. He married his wife about 10 years ago at the Queens Borough Hall, but they have already split up. Meneses was said to have been active in his local community.
Today, Meneses has been charged with placing a false bomb threat, reckless endangerment, making a terroristic threat, making a false report, criminal possession of a weapon and resisting arrest.
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