New York Daily News

Updated: January 20, 2016, 5:01 PM

  

 

Ex-con turns himself in after allegedly threatening to kill NYPD and Philadelphia cops; pledged allegiance to ISIS

BY ROCCO PARASCANDOLA, THOMAS TRACY, CHELSIA ROSE MARCIUS, GRAHAM RAYMAN

    
Marcus Shelton has been identified by a source as the man sought by police after he allegedly threatened to kill police officers in New York and Philadelphia.  
 
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Chief of the NYPD Intelligence Bureau Thomas Galati, left, said cops are actively looking for Shelton.  

The NYPD put the entire force on alert Wednesday morning after an ex-con who allegedly pledged allegiance to ISIS threatened to kill a cop.

But Marcus Shelton, 36, surrendered hours later — unarmed and without incident — before he was carted off to court to answer two open warrants on parole violations. He hadn’t been charged with making a threat by Wednesday night.

“There is no belief that he was a threat to anyone,” a high-ranking police source with knowledge of the incident told the Daily News.

Shelton’s parole violations include an August 2015 arrest for pot possession and a pinch for bending a MetroCard to get free rides.

The man’s father said Shelton’s brother, Jason Paige, who died about a decade ago, was a Marine and a city cop. It was inconceivable that he could hurt a police officer, the dad said.

“I’m glad he turned himself in and that he’s cooperating with authorities,” Jason Paige, 72, told The Daily News at his home in Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.

Paige, who shares the same name as the son who died, said the siblings were very close.

“They got along very well,” he said. “It just doesn't add up.”

The drama began Tuesday when an anonymous tipster called the 32nd Precinct detective squad, claiming Shelton was plotting to shoot a cop. Someone later called the Philadelphia police and said the same thing. One of the callers said Shelton pledged his allegiance to ISIS.

Shelton was identified by name in both calls, but it’s not clear if the calls were made by the same person, sources said.

Philadelphia cops traced the call to an address in upper Manhattan and notified the NYPD.

The NYPD took it seriously, issuing an Officer Safety Alert across the department, according to Thomas Galati, chief of the NYPD Intelligence Bureau.

"We are taking it serious based on what happened in Philadelphia a couple of weeks ago," Galati said of the threat.

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Cops in Philadelphia received a call threatening an officer, and discovered it came from a Manhattan address. The NYPD then received a similar call, and sent out an Officer Safety Alert.

On Jan. 7, a crazed gunman shot and wounded Officer Jesse Hartnett three times in the arm in Philadelphia. In the hospital, the gunman, Edward Archer claimed he had pledged allegiance to ISIS.

The head of the NYPD’s largest union soon weighed in, warning cops to be on the alert.

“Be mindful that any call, regardless of how insignificant it appears to be, may be a set up,” Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association president Patrick Lynch said.

Cops from the warrant squad paid a visit to Shelton’s dad Wednesday morning. The dad said he never heard Shelton mention ISIS.

Shelton is on parole for assault, sources said. He has 20 prior arrests and served a prison stint in New York for drug possession a decade ago.

Shelton’s criminal record includes an assault conviction in connection with the murder of a Peekskill man during a fight over a winning $40 lottery ticket.

German Marquinez was shot and killed outside a convenience store in Peekskill on May 17, 2002. Shelton and another man were convicted of misdemeanor assault for hitting Marquinez before he was fatally shot by a third man, records show. Shelton was not charged in the murder. 

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