Nassau police: Man dies in custody after medical emergency
Nassau police have released video surveillance of a police chase that left one man dead from a medical emergency while in custody.
Police say a manager at the Applebee's on Hempstead Turnpike in Elmont told officers that a group, including three men in a gold Chevrolet Malibu, allegedly left without paying their bill early Wednesday morning. According to court records, the bill was $229 and a total of seven people ran out the front and emergency exit doors before paying the bill.
Authorities caught up with the car after it collided with a guardrail at a nearby Shell gas station. Police say the people inside the vehicle fled the scene on foot.
After a brief chase, police arrested 20-year-old Marlon Paton, of Brooklyn, and two other people. They caught Paton on Fieldmere Street, and he reportedly told police he wasn't feeling well.
Police say Paton appeared lethargic and disoriented, indicating that he was in medical distress.
Paton was transported to Franklin General Hospital in Valley Stream for evaluation and treatment, and was pronounced dead at 10:47 a.m., about 10 hours after his arrest. Detectives say Paton was taken to the hospital right at the time of his arrest because he was visibly ill after running and trying to jump a fence.
Police say they did not use force when arresting Paton, and that they let him sit in the back of a squad car until an ambulance arrived.
Police also arrested 20-year-old Kristofer Pettway, of Elmont, on Warwick Road, and 21-year-old Marquis Bernard, of Brooklyn, after police say he ignored officers, resisted arrest and attempted to jump over a fence.
Pettway lives on Fieldmere Street, near where police arrested Paton.
Pettway and Bernard have been charged with theft of services. Bernard has also been charged with resisting arrest.
Both defendants were charged today at First District Court. Pettway was released without having to post bail.