The man suspected of killing a halfway house manager in Roosevelt last week bailed out of a stolen vehicle in Queens on Wednesday and eluded police officers pursuing him, the NYPD said.
Police have been looking for Andre Patton, 47, since Friday, when he allegedly stabbed Catholic deacon Patrick Logsdon, 70, in the house where they lived. He is considered armed and dangerous, Nassau police have said.
The day of the stabbing, Patton allegedly stole an Access-A-Ride van in Nassau County, a vehicle that had a tracker in it, an NYPD spokeswoman said.
Officers from the 105th Precinct spotted the van about 2:45 p.m. Wednesday near 112th Avenue and Colfax Street in Cambria Heights, Queens, police said.
Initially, the officers thought no one was in the van, but as they approached, the vehicle sped off, the spokeswoman said.
The driver refused to pull over for police and, after a pursuit, the driver parked the van and ran off, the NYPD said.
A police perimeter was set up, police said, but Patton was not found.
The NYPD said Thursday morning that it had no record of Patton being arrested.
When Nassau police officials released details of the homicide Saturday, no mention was made of a stolen Access-A-Ride van.
Nassau police declined to comment Wednesday on the Queens incident and declined to comment on any stolen van.
Logsdon had managed the Anthony House, transitional housing for homeless men. It is run by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Long Island, a charity affiliated with the Diocese of Rockville Centre.
The deacon, Patton and one other person lived there at the time of the stabbing, Nassau police have said.
Police got a call at 10:22 p.m. Friday about the attack, and investigators said the other resident identified Patton as the man who stabbed Logsdon several times.
With William Murphy