Cops Draw Guns On Yankees GM Cashman While Mistaking Him For Car Thief

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August 09, 2019 - 10:26 pm
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Yankees general manager Brian Cashman found himself in scary situation Friday when police in Connecticut surrounded him, with guns drawn, believing he may have been a car thief.

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Cashman told the New York Post he reported his Jeep Wrangler stolen Sunday morning to the Norwalk Police Department. On Tuesday, the NYPD called him to say they had found the vehicle abandoned in the Bronx. Cashman retrieved the Jeep on Wednesday, but it was never removed from the stolen-vehicle list.

The Yankees GM said Norwalk police wanted to process the SUV for evidence, and he agreed to take it to them Friday. He was driving from Yankee Stadium to the police station in Connecticut when he was stopped while leaving a gas station in Darien, Connecticut.

Cashman said as many as five patrol cars arrived and six to nine officers got out of their vehicles with their guns drawn.

“They’re clearly very professional and trained and they asked me to turn my car off, exit the vehicle, walk backwards towards them. ... They were executing their duty," Cashman told the Post.

“They searched my car, asked for my ID. I explained what was going on.”

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Police in Darien were responding to a call Friday about someone in a white Jeep who had brandished a gun inside a doctor's office. When they spotted Cashman's vehicle, they ran his license plate number and discovered the truck was listed as stolen.

The Yankees general manager said he has no hard feelings toward police. 

“I have high respect for all law enforcement," he said. "They do an amazing job whether you’re in Connecticut and New York City -- and sometimes unique circumstances can occur.”