Yan­kees GM praises po­lice in wake of Darien in­ci­dent

The Norwalk Hour - - FRONT PAGE - By Su­san Shultz

DARIEN — New York Yan­kees Gen­eral Man­ager Brian Cash­man said Darien res­i­dents should feel pro­tected af­ter Darien Po­lice ap­proached him, guns drawn, be­cause his Jeep was re­ported stolen.

Darien Po­lice stopped and pulled guns on the 52­year­old as he was ex­it­ing a gas sta­tion in town on Fri­day, days af­ter his Jeep had been re­ported stolen, then re­cov­ered in the Bronx.

“It was a joyride,” Cash­man said. “There was no dam­age but there was a mess of stuff they left behind.”

Cash­man was un­able to get to the Nor­walk Po­lice De­part­ment un­til Fri­day due to his sched­ule. On his way there, in Darien, a li­cense plate reader in­di­cated his car was still listed as stolen, lead­ing to a call from Westch­ester County Po­lice.

“I started to pull out when two SUVs from Darien Po­lice blocked me from ex­it­ing from the front, and they closed the Post Road,” he said.

“They asked me if I was driv­ing my ve­hi­cle be­cause it was still re­ported as stolen,” he said.

New York Po­lice had not up­dated the sta­tus of his ve­hi­cle.

An­other in­ci­dent around the same time added to the con­fu­sion.

At ap­prox­i­mately 10:40 a.m. on the same day, Darien Po­lice were no­ti­fied by a med­i­cal group on Old Kings High­way North that a male pa­tient, ar­riv­ing and pre­par­ing for a sched­uled rou­tine phys­i­cal, was ob­served in the of­fice in pos­ses­sion of a hand­gun.

The pa­tient had al­ready com­pleted his phys­i­cal and left the of­fice when the ini­tial report was made to

the po­lice. Of­fi­cers were re­spond­ing to the med­i­cal group in or­der to meet with the staff to as­cer­tain ex­actly what had tran­spired with the pa­tient.

Once it was con­firmed that the pa­tient had al­ready left the of­fice and had pos­si­bly been driv­ing a white Jeep­like ve­hi­cle, of­fi­cers be­gan check­ing the sur­round­ing area. Within min­utes, Cash­man’s white Jeep was ob­served in the Shell gas sta­tion on the Boston Post Road at Sedgewick Av­enue.

The li­cense plate of this ve­hi­cle was checked by of­fi­cers and it was found

to be listed as a stolen ve­hi­cle.

Darien po­lice re­sponded be­liev­ing it was a stolen ve­hi­cle.

Cash­man said he ex­ited the ve­hi­cle slowly, “with­out rash move­ment,” with his hands in the air as per the in­struc­tion. He walked back­wards while one Darien Po­lice of­fi­cer had his gun out and oth­ers had their hands on their weapons.

“They were very pro­fes­sional,” he said.

“Once they got my ID, and searched my car, they re­al­ized,” Cash­man said. It was only later he learned of the med­i­cal of­fice in­ci­dent.

“I checked a lot of boxes,” he said.

In the end, Cash­man was es­corted to the Nor­walk Po­lice De­part­ment by Darien Po­lice and then back home by Nor­walk Po­lice to avoid fur­ther con­fu­sion while the stolen car sta­tus was sorted out.

Cash­man de­scribed the widely re­ported in­ci­dent as a case of mis­com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween law en­force­ment agen­cies.

Darien po­lice is­sued a press re­lease on the in­ci­dent that in­cluded an in­ci­dent un­re­lated to Cash­man’s in­ci­dent but which played into the Darien Po­lice re­spond­ing.

That call made Cash­man un­der­stand why, when he pulled into a Darien gas sta­tion, he was sur­rounded by Darien Po­lice ve­hi­cles.

It was two bad cir­cum­stances for the Yan­kees gen­eral man­ager.

Cash­man told The Darien Times he holds no ill will to­ward the Darien Po­lice. In fact, he feels the op­po­site.

“Ul­ti­mately, if I was a Darien res­i­dent, I’d feel good about be­ing pro­tected. If you are stopped, just do what what you are told. It will all work out. Let them com­plete the job they are do­ing. It’s about pub­lic safety,” Cash­man said.

N.Y. Yan­kees Gen­eral Man­ager Brian Cash­man

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