Port Authority Police Rescue/Arrest Bronx Drug Suspect from Palisades Cliffs

On 2/20/17 at approximately 5:40 p.m., Port Authority Police Department Emergency Service Unit was requested by the Palisades Interstate Parkway Police to assist (mutual aid) in a rope apprehension/rescue. 

The PIP were pursuing a reported drug suspect who fled, climbed down a sheer cliff face off River Road just north of the George Washington Bridge., about 50 feet below the roadway, and was dangerously clinging to the face of the cliff.  

PAPD ESU was tasked with not only taking the suspect into custody but saving his life as well.  Trucks 1,7,5,8a and other officers  responded to the scene.  The officers set up a lowering and hauling system for a two officer team.  The two officer team was lowered down the cliff to a safe position to make contact with the suspect, who was threatening to jump from the cliff. The rescue officers negotiated with the suspect, identified as Mr. Anthony Lora-22  for approximately 20 minutes,s eventually gaining his trust and getting him to comply — all while hanging from their lines. 

The officers then lowered further to his location, placed him in a harness and the top side rigging team raised both the rescuers and suspect to the top of the cliff,  where he was taken into custody and turned over to the Palisades Interstate Parkway police. 

P I P police charged Anthony Lora- of the Bronx with conspiracy to distribute cocaine and Ecstasy and resisting arrest, among other counts. Additional charges were pending.

Lora was also wanted on armed robbery charges from the NYPD.  

He remained held in the Bergen County Jail pending extradition to New York