Yankees GM praises police in wake of Darien incident
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