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Elderly man deliberately crashes van into Philadelphia Police Headquarters

Authorities said a 71-year-old man was arrested after he deliberately crashed a minivan into the front doors of Philadelphia Police Department headquarters early Wednesday morning.

Wilfredo Santiago allegedly crashed into a police building in the 400 block of North Broad Street at around 4:45 am, but did not break through the doorway, WPVI reported.

The police confirmed that the accident was intentional.

No harm done.

Santiago was charged with criminal disorderly conduct, institutional vandalism, possession of a crime weapon, and recklessly endangering another person.

According to the district attorney’s office, Santiago will be subject to a mental health forensic examination.


Elderly man deliberately crashes van into Philadelphia Police Headquarters
Santiago was reported to have yelled “They’re killing me” as officers dragged him out of the van.
WPVI

The car did not knock out the doorway, no one was hurt.
The car did not knock out the doorway, no one was hurt.
WPVI

Footage from the aftermath of the crash obtained by the publication shows police pulling Santiago out of the car as he yelled, “They’re killing me, they’re killing me.”

He was taken to headquarters for interrogation, but was later seen getting into a police car.

The minivan remained at the door for four hours while police investigated before being towed away.

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