Bar Patrons Credited With Helping End 3-County Manhunt
State police say quick thinking and calm action by the proprietor and patrons of a West Carthage bar brought a peaceful end to a multi-county manhunt.
The chase of 51 year old Brian Aikens started in the Plattsburgh area Sunday afternoon when troopers attempted to pull his vehicle over. The pursuit ended at Longshots Bar early Monday morning.
Police also credit local media for posting the information about Aikens, which allowed people in the bar to recognized him when he walked in.
Trooper say they found him at the bar eating when they arrived to arrest him shortly before 1 a.m.
"We are very grateful for the public’s assistance in this case," state police zone commander Captain Darrin Pitkin said in a news release.
"The timely posting of critical information by the media along with alert, calm actions by the patrons and proprietor of Longshots Bar helped solve this case," Pitkin said.
Road pursuit from Plattsburgh was called off in the town of Diana in Lewis County. A state police helicopter followed Aikens's vehicle from the air until he abandonded it near the Crowner Road in the town of Wilna and fled on foot.
Aikens was originally wanted in Clinton County for violating his probation.
He's accused of criminal possession of stolen property and grand larceny.
Sunday, May 19, 2013, Watertown, NY
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