A man who apparently wanted to kill himself was arrested by NYPD anti-terrorism officers Friday after a cyanide scare inside a New York City subway tunnel, CBS station WCBS-TV reported.
Sources said workers noticed a man deep inside a subway tunnel near the East River about 9:30 a.m. with a suspicious package containing an unknown substance. Anti-terrorism officers were called to the scene and took the man into custody.
Dressed as a subway worker wearing a hard hat, a safety vest and boots… Carrying a quart container full of sodium cyanide pellets, five highway flares and two bottles of water inside a backpack… and he apparently was there to commit suicide? Seems a bit odd.
A suicidal college student who carried highly toxic sodium cyanide into a subway tunnel caused a brief terrorism scare early Friday, police said.
Track workers spotted the 20-year-old man — wearing a hard hat, safety vest and boots — at about 5:30 a.m. wandering deep inside the tunnel under the East River.
The workers pulled him aboard a train and took him to a lower Manhattan subway station. Police there discovered he was carrying a backpack holding a quart container full of sodium cyanide pellets, five highway flares and two bottles of water.
Phony track worker rigs subway terror scare in bizarre cyanide suicide try
A phony track worker triggered a terror scare inside a lower Manhattan subway tunnel Friday morning – but he turned out to be a despondent college student who wanted to kill himself by ingesting sodium cyanide, police said.
The 20-year-old Pace University sophomore told police he wanted to find a discreet alcove, mix the cyanide pellets with water and ingest it.
“He did not want to be found,” said Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne, the NYPD’s top spokesman. “He had no ID on him. He was looking for some isolated place in the system.”
The pellets, commercially sold and typically used as a pesticide or to clean jewelry, can create toxic fumes when heated.
The suspect did have five flares in his backpack — along with two liters of water and a quart can of cyanide – but police said the flares could not produce the heat needed to cause any damage.