Joel Rifkin's arrest location
Arrest Location in Mineola, New York
This is the location where serial killer Joel Rifkin was arrested.
It is situated near the intersection of Old Country Road and Washington Avenue in Mineola, New York.
In the early hours of June 28th, 1993, two state police officers were traveling along the Southern State Parkway on Long Island when they noticed a tan-colored 1984 Mazda pickup truck with no license plate on the back.
After driving behind the truck, they switched on their flashers and used the PA system in their patrol car to order the motorist to stop.
However, instead of pulling over, the driver sped up and headed for the northbound exit to Wantagh Avenue.
Realizing that they now had a chase on their hands, the officers called in for backup.
For the next twenty minutes, six patrol cars followed the Mazda truck as it raced through the streets of Wantagh, Levittown, Westbury, and Mineola.
The chase came to an abrupt end after the driver lost control and hit a lamp post at this intersection beside the Nassau County Court House.
Following the impact, the vehicle rolled to a stop on the southern sidewalk of Old Country Road.
When the officers surrounded the truck with their handguns drawn, the male driver complied with their demands to step out and lie face down on the ground.
After checking the man's license, they learned that he was Joel Rifkin, a 34-year-old unemployed gardener from East Meadow.
During an inspection of Rifkin's truck, the officers made a grim discovery. In the back, wrapped in a blue tarp and rope, was a dead body. The remains were so decomposed that the officers were reportedly unable to tell whether the person was black or white.
Shortly after his arrest, Rifkin told the police that the victim was 22-year-old Tiffany Bresciani, a sex worker whom he had picked up in Manhattan four days prior. Bresciani's body had lain in a wheelbarrow in his garage for days until the growing smell forced him to act.
Rifkin said that he was en route to dump her body at a spot near Republic Airport in Farmingdale when the patrol car noticed his missing license plate.
His calmness while recalling Bresciani's death set off alarm bells among investigators. In their minds, he was far too composed and blasé for this to have been his first murder.
Their instincts soon proved to be right, as the 34-year-old readily confessed to killing 17 sex workers over a four-year period.
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Joel Rifkin arrest location
Below, you will find the address and the GPS coordinates for this location.
Old Country Road, Mineola, New York, NY 11501, USA
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Rifkin's truck rolled to a stop on the northern side of the Nassau County Court House.
The sidewalk is roughly 70–80 feet west of the intersection between Old Country Road and Washington Avenue.
Photos of the street and other related images.
Joel Rifkin's truck
This is an enhanced image of Joel Rifkin's 1984 Mazda B2000 pickup truck.
After overshooting the intersection between Roslyn Road and Old Country Road, he struck a lamp post and rolled to a stop on the sidewalk.
Following his arrest, the police found Bresciani's body wrapped in a blue plastic tarp in the bed of the truck.
Old Country Road
This is a Google Street View image of the sidewalk on Old Country Road.
When Rifkin's truck came to a stop, the police surrounded it with their handguns drawn and ordered him to get out.
The arrest took place at around 3.45 a.m.
The aerial image above is facing south.
The police report about Rifkin's arrest states that he was driving down Roslyn Road when he attempted to make a left turn onto Old Country Road and head east. However, he lost control during the turn and crashed into a lamp post on the southern side of the road.
Notably, the truck reached speeds of 90 mph during the chase.
Bresciani's remains were found wrapped in a blue tarp in the back of the truck.
Rifkin left his house just after 3 a.m. At the time, he was planning on driving to a location near Republic Airport in Farmingdale.
Bresciani was a sex worker from Louisiana.
Rifkin picked up the 22-year-old on Allen Street in Lower Manhattan in the early hours of June 24th, 1993.
When she got into his vehicle, he drove to the parking lot outside of the New York Post newspaper, where he eventually strangled her to death.
Following the murder, he wrapped her body in a blue plastic tarp and left it in a wheelbarrow in his garage for three days.
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