New York Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman was swarmed by at least six police officers with guns drawn at a gas station in Connecticut on Friday after authorities mistook him for an armed car thief.
The incident took place at a gas station in Darien, where Cashman stopped to refuel his white Jeep Wrangler during his trip to Norwalk.
The origins of the scary ordeal could be traced back to last Sunday, when Cashman reported his vehicle stolen, according to the New York Post.
Cashman informed the Norwalk Police Department that his car was stolen.
New York Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman (above) was swarmed by police in Connecticut on Friday after pulling out of a gas station in Darien
The New York Police Department told Cashman on Tuesday that it found the car abandoned in the Bronx.
The car was then towed to a local auto shop where he could pick it up.
‘I retrieved it on Wednesday and I called Norwalk [police],’ he said.
‘They wanted to process it for evidence…I told them I can get them the car Friday.’
But the NYPD apparently failed to remove Cashman’s vehicle from the list of stolen cars.
The Yankees general manager drove from Yankee Stadium to Norwalk so that police there could process his car for evidence.
After stopping at the gas station in Darien, ‘that’s when apparently the circumstances radically changed,’ Cashman told the Post.
‘I had a welcoming committee descend upon me as I pulled out of that gas station.’
Cashman told the Post that police in Darien received a report of ‘someone in a white Jeep that was brandishing a gun in a local doctor’s office.’
Not only did police believe Cashman was armed. They also ran his license plates through the system.
‘[T]he NYPD never took me off the stolen car list,’ he said.
Cashman said that as many as five patrol cars surrounded him and that somewhere between six and nine officers had their guns drawn.
‘They executed a very tactful interception,’ Cashman said.