Accused NYC bus hijacker held on $500,000 bail despite lawyer claims Suspect will ‘die at Rikers’

The mad man who allegedly hijacked a packed MTA bus in Queens was indicted on a slew of charges on Wednesday – when a judge refused to lower his bail, despite defense attorneys claiming his client could die on Rikers Island.

Dwayne Gaddy, 44, will remain jailed on $500,000 bail following his charges of kidnapping, assault and grand larceny in the October 27 incident in Cambria Heights.

His legal assistance attorney, Kenneth Findelman, told Queens Superior Court Justice Toni Cimino that Gaddy, who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia, should be released under limited domestic supervision pending the trial.

“Putting him at Rikers is the wrong place,” Finkelman told The Post outside the courtroom, adding that his client had already been stabbed in the city jail and may be in greater danger.

Fake gun allegedly used to hijack an MTA bus.
Police said Dwyane Gaddy used this fake gun to hijack an MTA bus on October 27.

“We know that one or two people die on Rikers Island every month, and he’s exactly the kind of person who’s going to die on Rikers Island,” Finkelman said. “That’s what bail bond reform is supposed to be about.”

As of the end of October, 18 inmates have died in the New York prison system, the highest total since 2013 and surpassing the 2021 total of 16, data shows.

The accused bus hijacker Dwyane Gaddy.
Dwayne Gaddy, 44, has been charged with kidnapping for allegedly hijacking an MTA bus and crashing it into a utility pole in Brooklyn on Oct. 27.

Finkelman claimed his concerned client – who is accused of impounding the bus on Linden Boulevard near 197th Street with a fake gun – is “a decent person” with a good job, a wife and two children.

Police said the suspect “made statements that he was being followed” while holding the bus.

The driver, a 21-year-old MTA veteran, quickly opened the doors to let about two dozen passengers escape but remained self-absorbed, according to police.

He was eventually able to escape by jumping through a window on the bus just before Gaddy allegedly punched him into a utility pole.

Riker's Island
As of the end of October, 18 inmates have died in city jails, surpassing the total of 16 in 2021 and the highest number since 2013.

“I don’t see that he threatened anyone,” Finkelman said in court. “It is quite clear that my client, who suffers from schizophrenia, was delusional at the time of this incident.”

But Brooklyn Assistant District Attorney Sam Pellegrino argued that Gaddy, who now faces more serious charges in the indictment, should be held on bail, and the judge agreed.

“Right now he’s being charged with an additional charge of second-degree kidnapping,” Pellegrino said. “The deposit should not be changed at this time.” Accused NYC bus hijacker held on $500,000 bail despite lawyer claims Suspect will ‘die at Rikers’


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