Harold Carter and Vicente Matias, two veteran detectives from a Harlem police precinct, arrived at a six-story building on East Sixth Street in Manhattan on Saturday afternoon in search of a robbery suspect.
After being buzzed inside, they were told that the building housed people with mental illness. They were also told the suspect, Felix David, lived in a sixth-floor room and had been given a diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia, according to a written statement provided to the police by the nonprofit agency that runs the East Village residence.
Then they headed upstairs to arrest him.
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