Just a few hours ago, police with the 71st Precinct raided a home on Lefferts Avenue after securing a search warrant for the premises. Police exited the home with five suspects in custody after recovering considerable amounts of narcotics, including cocaine, crystal meth and marijuana.
However, during the raid a sixth suspect managed to escape, leading police to mount a large search effort that included a helicopter, to apprehend the fugitive.
The suspect, Aaron Akaberi, who was arrested last year for similar charges, was seen jumping from roof to roof before disappearing between the buildings.
The chase-turned-search concluded when police got a tip that he may have entered the Bnos Menachem school building, which operates the Razag ballroom during evenings.
While the Wagner-Osdoba wedding was taking place downstairs, police combed through every room in the building, eventually discovering him, and thus ending the search.
A building manager told ChabadInfo that the suspect was holed up inside the principal’s office, where he was arrested. Police say the sixth suspect was the primary intended target of the raid.
Four of the suspects were Jewish males, the other two were non-Jewish females.
The home on the southwest corner of Lefferts and Troy Avenues seemed to have been operating as a base for drug trafficking for some time, and police have been monitoring the home closely for over a year, culminating in Thursday’s raid.
Neighbors say they always thought the people in that home seemed “weird” and weren’t shocked to learn that the home was a hub for drug-related activity.