Escaped murder suspect Brandon Santana arrested after escaping 78th precinct house

Escaped murder suspect nabbed

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A Park Slope homicide suspect’s day-long bathroom break is over, police said.

Brandon Santana, 24, was nabbed by the Regional Fugitive Task Force in a friend’s apartment in the Bronx around 3:15 pm on Friday, after escaping the day before while being escorted to a toilet from his Prospect Heights holding cell.

Santana’s brief time on the lam began at about 2 am on Jan. 24, when he pushed his escorting officer to the ground – giving the cop a minor elbow injury – and ran out of the 78th Precinct station house on 6th Avenue near Bergen Street, said Officer Sophia Tassy of the NYPD.

Santana had just been taken into custody a few hours earlier as a suspect in the 2010 homicide of 22-year-old Alexander Santiago, who was fatally beaten with a metal tire iron near the corner of 5th Avenue and 12th Street during a fight between two groups of men on Aug. 1, 2010. Santiago died later at New York Methodist Hospital in Park Slope.

Reach reporter Jaime Lutz at or by calling (718) 260-8310. Follow her on Twitter @jaime_lutz.
Updated 5:39 pm, July 9, 2018
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