April 30th, 2010
02:09 PM ET

NYC police: Man with cyanide, flares arrested in subway

[Updated at 2:05 p.m.] "This was not part of a terrorist attack," said Deputy Commissioner of Police Paul Browne. "He wanted to find a place in the tunnel where no one would find a body."

Subway workers saw the man walking on the tracks between Brooklyn's Borough Hall station and the Bowling Green station in Manhattan at 5:30 a.m. ET, Cavitolo said. They called police when they realized he was not an employee.

The man was carrying flares, water bottles, and a one-quart canister that contained sodium cyanide, he said.

Investigators believe he planned to drink the cyanide to kill himself, he said.

Browne said subway passengers were never in danger.

"Sodium cyanide does not have explosive capability, but is extremely toxic, especially when mixed with water," he said.

The man had no contact with  passengers, he added.

[Posted at 12;15 p.m.] New York Police arrested a college student who they say carried cyanide and flares into a Manhattan subway Friday morning.

The 20-year-old man, who was wearing a fake transit system vest, told police he planned to kill himself, New York Police Detective Joseph Cavitolo said.

- CNN's Susan Candiotti, Hussein Saddique and Chris Kokenes contributed to this report.

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  1. copaantl98

    Of course the local media outlets are going to get to this first. Why is that a surprise with anyone? CNN is still awesome.

    April 30, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. thequestioner

    weaking link – Getting news out fast rather than providing details? other media outlets had more information at the time of this post and it appears that a very lazy journalist just copy/pasted the headline and uploaded. There were more details available at the time of this post as evidenced by multiple other news outlets that posted details. personally i do not believe the suicide story at all – there's too many other ways that this could have been done and carrying sodium cyanide, flares, a hardhat and vest sound NOTHING like a suicide attempt. this looks more like someone that had intended on a terrorist act and got caught so made up a BS story as to not get prosecuted and sent to jail for life.

    April 30, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. dee

    omg my 14 year son in newyork on a class trip as i writting this i am feaking out. hes not ans his cell......

    April 30, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. 1DumbJarhead

    Wow....how the HELL can TruthSeeker and Wikipedia be in the same sentence?!? "It's eveon on wikipedia." Please tell me you're joking and that the mind of the average American hasn't degraded that much! I agree with "YOU are the weakest link"...this is just a quick flash to get the word out. Not a complete post.

    April 30, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. thequestioner

    Weakest link – i believe that this ridiculous 2 sentence article was actually written for YOU – someone unable to read more than 2 lines without becoming bored and going back to the permanently-mounted bong on your living room table. Seen "Idiocracy" yet? No need – you live it.

    April 30, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. deesy

    CNN's reporters communicate with HQ via Twitter. Doesn't that explain everything?

    April 30, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. thequestioner

    and it's now been almost 45 minutes since this post was put up without a single update. your arguement holds as much water as your pea brain.

    April 30, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. wags

    Most people who go to the subway to commit suicide just jump in front of the tracks. Landing on the third rail should work pretty well too.

    April 30, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joe King

    Its obvious that he wanted to get caught. He wanted someone to stop him. He was reaching out for help, and the cyanide was an absolute last resort.

    Its a shame that some people reach that level of desperation, but (clearly) Had he been beyond the point of no return, we would be reading about his neighbors experiencing a strange odor as his body was decomposing.

    April 30, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ben

    SORRY TO SAY THIS, BUT THE U-S NBEDS ANOTHER 9/11. THIS WAY, POLICE MAY, JUST MAY PUT THEIR PRIORITIES IN ORDER.

    NOW I'LL EXPLAIN:

    – SEPT 14, 2001: LAPD USING RADAR GUN ON LAUREL CYN IN STUDIO CITY CATCHING SPEEDERS... JUST 3 DAYS AFTER 9/11

    – TOO MUCH EMPHASIS ON WRITING PARKING TICKETS, MOVING VIOLATIONS,.

    – SEXTING: IS THIS SOMETHING THE GOV'T NEEDS TO BE INVOLVED WITH? WHO CARES? IT'S JUST NAKED PICS OF PEOPLE.. .TEENS SENDING TO TEENS. BUT THE POLICE ARE ALL IN AN UPROAR. GOD FORBID THEY CONCENTRATE ON GETTING RID OF THE ILLEGALS AND KILLING GANG MEMBERS SO AMERICA CAN BE FREE AGAIN.

    THIS IS WHY THE U-S NEEDS TO BE SHAKEN UP AGAIN. I'M VERY SORRY TO SAY THAT.. I AM AN AMERICAN AND LOVE THIS COUNTRY, BUT THE ECONOMY, SOCIETY, INCLUDING POLICE, HAVE ALL GONE NUTS.. SPIRALING OUT OF CONTROL

    WHAT'S MORE IMPORTANT: A PARKING TICKET, SOMEONE GOING 71 IN A 55 mph ZONE OR FIGHTING THE TERRORISTS?

    April 30, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  11. yesh

    enough info for me here. what more do you really need to know

    April 30, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  12. TruthSeeker

    1dumbjarhead... even on wikipedia doesn't mean ONLY on wikipedia. it's everywhere if you just did the research yourself and stop lopping up everything the mainstream media shovels your way. Most people, well, many people know that wikipedia is edited by even the government, so the fact it's on wikipedia implies that it's public enough knowledge that they couldn't try to edit it out. THINK.

    April 30, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  13. kevin

    the man was obviously in need of some help...society forces people to make irrational decisions every day...cost of ivng rises, smaller amounts for food yet higher prices...all a huge snowball to revoloution...i call upon america to stop everything..dont nuy, dont travel, dont go to entertainment, stop everything...a massive protest like this woul dbring corperate amercia to their knees...nothing will change by constantly complaining about issues..actions need to be done..a non violent stoppage of any and all activities would bring results fast...very fast...americans have been led around by coperations and goverment for too long...you know what you need..lower prices for food, rent, utilities, entertainment,etc...you need to be able to work and have something each week left over to put away for a better life...not to struggle every day just to make ends meet...coperations bonus theri ceos with multimillin dollar payoffs....it has to stop...the normal joe six packers make this contry run and operate...stnd up and take back the american dream...

    April 30, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. CK in SD

    Start panicking!

    Also ben...actually you are clearly too clueless to be worth a reasoned response.

    April 30, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Maggie

    Is it just me or have Americans gotten to be chicken-s**t scared of everything? Geesh!

    April 30, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
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