Suspected double murderer Sundance Oliver turned himself in at a Brooklyn police building at the urging of his pregnant girlfriend – but the surrender came as a surprise to officers inside, police sources said on Wednesday.
Dramatic footage from The Post showed a mob of cops in tactical gear pouncing on the wanted suspect – and the subject of an overnight citywide manhunt – after he entered the 77th Precinct in Crown Heights around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.
“When he walked in, he kind of had his hands up — and as soon as he walked in, the cops recognized him,” a senior NYPD source said.
The surrender of the career criminal was non-negotiated and came as a shock to the specialized police units based in the building that served as the manhunt’s headquarters.
Police had been looking for 28-year-old Oliver, who allegedly committed a three-day rampage that involved an armed robbery and resulted in a 96-year-old man being shot and injured, along with two others – including a 17-year-old girl – get shot.
Sources said Oliver fled the Brooklyn apartment where he allegedly killed the teenager early Tuesday and went to meet up with his girlfriend – who told him she was pregnant and to turn himself in.
The massive manhunt for Oliver – involving about 200 officers – was launched after the shootings, the first of which took place on Monday morning when the elderly man was wounded.
“I just think that the intense media pressure and the NYPD’s additional deployment of personnel to the area really left him with no options,” the source said.
“I think he just wanted to get in before it went any further.”
The ex-convict – with about 31 arrests on his criminal record – became “extremely violent” at the precinct, breaking a wooden bench in a holding cell and then being hospitalized, according to law enforcement.
He stayed overnight at Kings County Hospital Center and was taken back to the precinct Wednesday afternoon where he was fingerprinted and then asserted his right to an attorney, sources said.
“It’s me – have you all been waiting for me? Have you all been waiting for me? Oh man,” he called out to reporters as he was escorted out of the building to be taken to Central Booking on Wednesday night.
When asked “Why did you do that? Oliver, who came out dressed all in blue, smiling and with his head held high, replied: “What to do?” He then laughed at another question about the teenager’s murder.
Oliver faces charges including murder and attempted murder. He was still on parole – having been released from prison in 2020 after serving a five-year conviction on first-degree robbery charges – when he allegedly started the killing spree.
The suspect was arrested immediately after entering the station with his hands raised on Tuesday morning. NYPD security footage shows three officers pointing their guns at him in the doorway while another officer in riot gear slams him to the ground by the neck of his jacket and handcuffs him.
More than a dozen other officers then rushed to the lobby to assist in the arrest.
“They recognized who he was, so they became concerned immediately. He literally walked in on the station steps,” a police source said of the unexpected handover.
His latest suspected crime spree began at the same place it ended – the Kingsborough Houses in Crown Heights – just a block from the police station.
On November 28, he and four other suspects robbed a man for about $4,500 on a sidewalk inside the public housing project, police officers said
On December 2, he was shot in himself while riding in a vehicle on Ralph Avenue, police said. A suspect, Brandon Hampton, was arrested in connection with the attack.
A day later, Oliver traveled to the Crotona section of the Bronx, where he allegedly slapped his girlfriend in the face.
Back in Crown Heights on Sunday, Oliver fired a gun during an armed robbery and stole more than $3,500 from a bodega, police said.
The next day, Oliver fired a shot at Hampton’s girlfriend while robbing her, but missed and hit wheelchair-bound 96-year-old Sandy Dewalt, who was waiting for a bus outside Kingsborough Houses. Dewalt was hit in the shin and hospitalized in stable condition.
The Spree turned deadly on Monday when Oliver allegedly traveled to the Smith Houses in lower Manhattan and killed 20-year-old Kevon Langston in an apartment, according to police.
According to sources, he drove off in a white Mercedes that was found dumped near Cadman Plaza in Brooklyn.
He reportedly returned to the Kingsborough Houses just after midnight on Tuesday, where he shot and killed Brooklyn teenager Keyaira Rattray-Brothers.
Rattray-Brothers, a high school student and aspiring singer who lived in Bedford-Stuyvesant, was with a 17-year-old boy in a housing project apartment when she was shot. Her mother told the Post on Wednesday she didn’t know who the girl was visiting at the time.
Oliver left his phone at the scene, sources said, and hundreds of police officers were in the area searching for the suspect at the time of his surrender about seven hours after the fatal shots were fired.
The gang member and the “one-man crime wave” were considered “armed and extremely dangerous,” Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell said at a 4am news conference as his picture was sent to cops, taxi drivers and businesses across the city.
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“They blasted that all night. If it’s a high priority, it will beep-beep-beep-beep every time there’s an update like: “Last seen here. Last seen here.’
“Every cop’s phone rang for this guy.”
Oliver was on parole after serving five years in a state prison for first-degree robbery in connection with a 2014 incident in which he allegedly shot his victim at the time of his fatal crime, officials said.
He was arrested by police officers in September for possession of a loaded firearm, but the disposition of that case was unclear, police officers said.
Oliver, a member of the Loopy Gang who sources said also worked freelance with other criminal organizations, had been arrested about 30 other times, officials said.
Less than two months after his parole, Oliver was arrested in Brooklyn on Sept. 7 and charged with criminal possession of a loaded firearm, police officers said.
“Of course he should have been in jail,” a police source told Monday. “He had been involved in criminal activity since he was 12 when he was shot. He was also arrested several times.
“If the judiciary had done its job, two innocent people would have been alive today and a 96-year-old man would not have been injured.”
Additional reporting by Joe Marino
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