A crazed intruder barged right into a Queens elementary college by an open entrance door and was wrestled to the bottom by workers — together with the jui jitsu-trained principal — earlier than cops arrived, The Publish has realized.
The alarming incident at PS 28, the Pre-Okay to three Thomas Emanuel Early Childhood Heart in Corona, occurred about an hour earlier than dismissal Thursday, when an unarmed man described as “agitated and combative” burst in.
“He got here by the entrance door and simply ran,” mentioned a supply with information of the incident. “The college security agent tried to cease him. He fought along with her. Then he tried to get into the elevator as much as the flooring,” the place children have been nonetheless in school rooms.
A college aide began wrestling with the intruder. Then Principal Robert Quintana, who practices the martial artwork jiu jitsu, joined in bringing the suspect to the bottom, the place the protection agent handcuffed him.
“I used to be scared,” Quintana instructed colleagues later, in accordance with a supply.
“No person’s going to assault or damage my household,” he mentioned, referring to college students and workers.
In the course of the scuffle, staffers made three 911 calls. However cops from the close by one hundred and tenth Precinct reportedly took 19 minutes to reach, the insider mentioned.
The college was locked down previous the two:20 p.m. dismissal time, till an ambulance took the intruder to a metropolis hospital for analysis, cops mentioned.
“The heroic actions of Principal Quintana, college security and different workers members prevented the scenario from escalating,” Matthew Crescio, a dad or mum and president of the District 24 Neighborhood Schooling Council, instructed The Publish.
“If this particular person was armed with a weapon, he would have been within the constructing for 19 minutes.”
Crescio cited the necessity to lock all college doorways – certainly one of a number of security reforms underneath overview in NYC after the college bloodbath in Uvalde, Tex.
The NYPD wouldn’t clarify the reported 19-minute response time, saying solely that cops responded to the 911 name at 1:47 pm.
“Upon arrival, college workers suggested that the male appeared disoriented when he entered the college. The person grew to become agitated and combative with college workers and tried to hurt himself,” a spokesman mentioned.
The NYPD wouldn’t title the “emotionally disturbed” man, who was not arrested, however taken to an unspecified public hospital “for additional analysis.”
That afternoon, Quintana posted a letter to oldsters and guardians with out crediting himself, saying, “Shortly earlier than dismissal, an unauthorized particular person entered our college constructing. Faculty Security Brokers and NYPD instantly responded, and the college went into a quick lockdown till the person was apprehended and brought into custody. No college students or workers have been harmed throughout this incident.”
Quintana didn’t instantly return a name for remark.
In one other scary incident final December, a knife-wielding intruder slipped inside Robert A. Van Wyck Junior Excessive Faculty in Briarwood, and robbed an 11-year-old boy. Outraged dad and mom instructed The Publish they didn’t be taught of the incident from the college till 4 days later.
Extra reporting by Dana Kennedy