Shirtless, shoeless and cuffed Brooklyn carjacking suspect flees hospital during freezing weather

A Brooklyn carjacking suspect fled a Brooklyn hospital shirtless and shoeless with monitors still attached to his chest in the early morning cold after his arrest, hours before three other carjackings took place in Manhattan. 

Akeem Williams, 21, scampered shackled in the freezing weather on Wednesday at around 8:30 am as he fled Brookdale University Hospital wearing only white pants. 

Later in the day, three more carjackings were reported in Midtown Manhattan within a span of two hours.

The lawlessness comes after woke new Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg announced he ‘will not seek carceral’ sentences for criminals, unless they were guilty of murder or a handful of other crimes he deemed serious enough to warrant prison. 

Akeem Williams, 21, was arrested on Wednesday in Brooklyn for an alleged carjacking 

After being arrested, he complained of chest pains and was brought to Brookdale Hospital in Brooklyn and escaped around 8.30am

After being arrested, he complained of chest pains and was brought to Brookdale Hospital in Brooklyn and escaped around 8.30am 

Williams was arrested Wednesday for carjacking, according to the New York Daily News, but complained of chest pains and was taken to the emergency room for treatment. 

While there, he was able to get his hands – that were shackled behind him – to the front of his body and ran off nearly naked into the 28-degree weather. 

Photos released by the NYPD showed the suspect running through the doors. Police searched for Williams in Brownsville, Brooklyn, where he lived only a few blocks from the hospital, and East Flatbush without success. 

The Midtown crime spree kicked off Wednesday at around 4.30pm on 54th Street and Broadway. Police said the suspect was wearing a black ski mask, all black clothing, and was yielding a weapon. 

The unidentified suspect reportedly crashed into three cars before fleeing the scene in the wrong direction down Broadway, according to ABC 7. 

The brazen thief pushed the car in front of it to escape, causing it to crash into another car before driving off, while the car’s owner desperately attempted to catch up to his stolen vehicle. 

Three other carjackings happened in Midtown Manhattan later on Wednesday The first happened on Broadway and 54th Street (pictured) around 4.30pm where the suspect yielded a weapon and stole a black SUV

Three other carjackings happened in Midtown Manhattan later on Wednesday The first happened on Broadway and 54th Street (pictured) around 4.30pm where the suspect yielded a weapon and stole a black SUV 

Carjack victim chases after his stolen car as thief rams another vehicle trying to escape

Carjack victim chases after his stolen car as thief rams another vehicle trying to escape

The abandoned car was later found only three blocks away near 57th street and the suspect is said to have fled to the Columbus Circle subway station and is still at large

The abandoned car was later found only three blocks away near 57th street and the suspect is said to have fled to the Columbus Circle subway station and is still at large 

The three carjacking in Midtown on Wednesday happened within an hour-and-a-half

The three carjacking in Midtown on Wednesday happened within an hour-and-a-half

Police found the abandoned car three blocks away near 57th Street and Broadway. 

The suspect is said to have fled into the Columbus Circle subway station and is still at large. 

An officer suffered minor injuries, according to ABC 7, and was taken to a nearby hospital. 

Almost an hour later, another carjacking happened on West 36th Street near Broadway. 

The unidentified suspect approached the driver, who was sitting in his car, with a boxcutter or knife and demanded he exit his vehicle, police said. 

The suspect is also at large and the vehicle has not been recovered by police. 

Only 40 minutes later, a stolen car was located around 6pm on the edge of Midtown East on 42nd Street and First Avenue. 

Police performing car stops and using a license plate reader flagged the car as stolen from Brooklyn.  

Officers were able to take one man into custody, however, another is still at large. 

At the moment, police do not believe any of the carjackings are connected.   

DailyMail.com has contacted the NYPD for comment. 

For the week of January 3 to January 9, the NYPD reported 265 incidents of grand theft auto, compared to 150 during the same time last year, a 76 percent increase, according to police data. Already, 329 cars have been stolen in 2022. 

Another stolen car was found on 42nd Street and 1st Avenue (pictured)

Another stolen car was found on 42nd Street and 1st Avenue (pictured) 

Police were running license plates and found the car to be stolen from Brooklyn. Officers were able to take one man into custody, however, another is still at large

Police were running license plates and found the car to be stolen from Brooklyn. Officers were able to take one man into custody, however, another is still at large

The brazen carjackings are the latest in a string of violent incidents and rising crime rates across New York that is exasperating police and residents.

Violent crimes are up across the board in the Big Apple this year, with murders up by 33 percent when compared to the same period last year up until January 9, with eight murders alone in the last week.

Overall crimes are up by 30 percent through January 9, according to police.

The rate of robberies, rapes and assaults have also increased.

Crime is up 30 percent in the city and with robberies are up 25 percent as crime continues to surge into 2022

Crime is up 30 percent in the city and with robberies are up 25 percent as crime continues to surge into 2022 

Bragg has vowed to take an even softer touch on criminals.

His office said it will not seek prison or jail time for suspects or offenders unless there is no other option.

He will also downgrade some felonies, like armed robbery, to petty larceny.

The announcement came in a memo from his office last week and spooked police unions, who said he was emboldening criminals.

He defended it afterward, saying he would not prosecute people for being homeless or addicted to drugs. 

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