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Suspect Pulls Gun on NY Detective

January 16, 2002

NEW YORK (AP) _ A man who had been brought to a police station for questioning pulled a gun on a detective and held him hostage for more than three hours Tuesday before he surrendered, police said.

The detective was not seriously injured in the standoff, which other officers were able to watch through the interview room’s mirrored wall, police spokesman Sgt. Ralph Carone said.

The suspect, Adrian Leibovici, was wanted on a charge of aggravated harassment involving a woman. He had been brought to the station in the Upper East Side neighborhood at about midnight, Carone said.

Leibovici was being interviewed by a detective. When the detective got up to get him a glass of water, Leibovici brandished a .38-caliber revolver and struck the detective in the head with it, Carone said.

Leibovici then held the detective at gunpoint as other officers looked on and hostage negotiators were brought in, Carone said. Leibovici eventually handed the gun over at about 3:30 a.m. and was taken into custody, Carone said.

Leibovici was being held on charges of attempted murder, attempted kidnapping, attempted robbery and aggravated assault of a police officer. He was in police custody and hadn’t yet retained a lawyer.

The detective, whose name was not released, was taken to a hospital to be examined as a precaution.

At one point, Leibovici had demanded to talk to a reporter, Carone said. Michael O’Looney, a former TV reporter who is the Police Department’s new deputy commissioner of public information, posed as a journalist.

O’Looney said Leibovici had been upset about a custody battle over his daughter.

``He just wanted to tell me his story,″ O’Looney said. ``He thought if he was able to tell somebody his whole story that some of his problems would go away.″

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