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Suffolk police arrest man who stole Access-A-Ride bus outside Bellevue Hospital, NYPD says

Suffolk County police with an Access-A-Ride paratransit bus

Suffolk County police with an Access-A-Ride paratransit bus that was stolen from outside Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan Wednesday evening. Credit: Paul Mazza

A Huntington Station man was being held at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan Friday, after the NYPD said he carjacked a New York City Access-A-Ride paratransit bus outside the hospital and crashed into police cars and civilian vehicles before being arrested by Suffolk County police in Greenlawn.

The man, identified as Jason Terciak, 27, faces a slew of criminal charges pending arraignment at a later date, the NYPD said.

Police said that at about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday Terciak, who had been brought to Bellevue one day earlier, carjacked the paratransit bus armed with a screwdriver. Police said the driver had just unloaded passengers at the hospital and was in the rear of the bus when Terciak went to the driver's side, smashed a window with the screwdriver, entered the driver's seat and began to drive off. The driver escaped through the rear exit door, police said. He was not injured.

Police said Terciak "collided with multiple NYPD and civilian vehicles" as he fled, driving from First Avenue to the Queens-Midtown Tunnel, then driving through Nassau and into Suffolk before being arrested hours later in Greenlawn.

Terciak is charged with first-degree robbery, grand larceny auto, criminal possession of stolen property, four counts of reckless endangerment, auto stripping, criminal possession of a weapon and four counts of leaving the scene of an accident. It was not clear if he is represented by counsel.

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