Stranded Teens Rescued From Psych Center Building

Three teens trapped in building 93, use cell phone to call for help.

Three teens who illegally entered an abandoned building at the former Kings Park Psychiatric Hospital had to be rescued by police and fire crews Monday afternoon.

According to State Park Police, the teens, who are from Commack, Smithtown and Hauppauge, had climbed a tree and were able to enter the property's largest and most well known Building 93 through a broken window.

“The teens got up to the eleventh floor, where they entered a room. The door closed behind them and they were unable to get back out,” said park police Sgt. Anthony Catalano. A call was placed to 911 by one of the teens who had a cell phone.

Firefighters from the Kings Park Fire Department walked 11 flights, pried the door open and freed the teens.

All three were charged with trespassing and were released to their parents.

“All of them will have to reappear,” said Catalano. “The buildings are full of asbestos. We couldn’t take them to headquarters. They had to go home and get changed and then come back down.”

The hospital formally closed in 1996. 153-acres of the property is now the Nissequogue River State Park, which was established in 2000. The remaining 35 acres, of which building 93 is part of, were transferred to the agency in 2006.

The plan does not include building 93. Demolition is slated to begin mid-May.

new guy March 20, 2012 at 08:29 PM
John, I want to respectable disagree with you. Some buildings are fenced off others have been sealed up only to be broken into. I can personally tell you that the gate on Lawrence road at the top of boxwood gets repaired on a weekly basis. Signs that are posted constantly get ripped down. This build was sealed up on the ground floor that's why these kids had to climb a tree to gain access to the building. Make no mistake they knew they were trespassing. The cost to brick and mortar every building first floor and maintain that would be tremendous. How about we go back to taking responsibility for our actions. We as a society seem to think it's ok to try and blame someone else for our short comings. I have a friend who was hired by the state to weld closed some doors and a fair share of man hole covers. The states actions may not be perfect but they are trying. As a kid I never entered the buildings or tunnels. I had something that these kids apparently didn't have....fear of what my father would do to me if I was caught in there. Today's kids have a bunch of rights, and they know it.
john fluf March 20, 2012 at 08:40 PM
go kppc!
Tom Gillen March 20, 2012 at 08:43 PM
you are right about that Paul. All good things have to come to an end. It is a huge space in a great location with beautiful views. There will be some events held on the grounds in the near future designed to draw folks to the park and take advantage of what we have right in our back yard. Stay tuned!
Jasmine Blinker March 20, 2012 at 08:49 PM
I completley understand the dangers of going into the Psych Center. But however, the town SHOULD NOT take down the buildings. Those buildings were homes and restplaces of many souls. If we take down the buildings then the spirts will be released and get pissed off!! IF they HAVE to take down the buildings, I hope they realize the danger of pestisides getting realised into the air and the spirts they will be messing with. And for those kids, don't go in through a window! Take a door, go to where you need to go, but DO NOT go into patient rooms where people died! Or better yet, DON'T GO IN AT ALL!!
Gil Harris March 20, 2012 at 09:10 PM
Donald..Nice to see you here. My Dad died in 1955, and I was 15.He had a 1948 Ford that I learned to drive by backing up and down my Mom driveway. Our house was on Meridian Ave and Terrell Lane. I got a job at the Park Diner owned by Mr. Edward McWilliams. He paid me $.35 cents a hour to wash dishes. When I turned 16 he let me use his 1956 Oldsmobile for my drivers test. Naso's garage was on corner Dawson and 25A. Driving in those were fun. Even with Jr. license the Smithtown police would let us drive until 8PM. I have lots of memories about KP. Excuse the long notes as I think I'm off subject. Another time and I'll finish all my history about KP.
new guy March 20, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Jasmine, it's not the towns headache it's the states. I doubt anyone is concerned with the spirits of dead patients and I'm not sure what you meant about pesticides???
I live in KP March 20, 2012 at 11:27 PM
There 1st problem was they are not kings park kids , because if they where ,they would have just called there friends to get them out.
Anne March 21, 2012 at 12:43 AM
@ Dave, Once again I understand your comments and what the police are up against. My all out pet peave is that they, the Police, are aware that the illegal vehicles and riders are operating on public and residental streets in order to get on the hosptial grounds. I just think police surveillance should be increased, especially during the warmer weather when these little law breakers are swarming like termites................ LOL
new guy March 21, 2012 at 01:09 AM
Anne your right about the dirtbikes and quads in the psych center. A good handful of them are coming from the twin oaks area. They come in from behind the buildings across from the powerplant. Near Shannehans.
Sam March 21, 2012 at 02:32 AM
If they lock up the buildings where are all the people going to go to use heroin?
tommy March 21, 2012 at 02:56 AM
MackJ March 21, 2012 at 03:20 AM
You're right, we were once kids and we did stupid things, but then we GREW UP and finally realized why all the adults told us not to do those stupid things, because they were incredibly dangerous to ourselves and others. Should we just allow these kids to break the law and hope they don't get hurt? Don't you think that would be just a little bit irresponsible?
Nico Auditore March 21, 2012 at 04:26 AM
Stupid kids ruining the fun for us urban explorers. I'm sure the 3 of them could have kicked the door down. I can't even believe they're demolishing it. I am so angry.
victoria hughes March 21, 2012 at 06:17 AM
my dad's doing good.....I still live with my parents and my 2 teenagers
Dave Adams March 21, 2012 at 02:33 PM
@ Anne, Unfortunately I think it boils down to jurisdiction. NRSP is the responsibility of the State Park Police and I'm guessing that the State Security guys are supposed to patrol what's not part of the park. Their time is shared between KPSH and Pilgrim State, i believe. Suffolk Police would only get a call if assistance is requested in the park. In the grand scheme of things, it would be nice if the parents took responsibility and kept the kids off the streets with the unlawful vehicles.
Matt March 21, 2012 at 03:01 PM
I recently walked around the building that are slated to be demolished. They are are in such bad shape they cannot be saved, they need to be demolished in order to remediate the asbestos and lead. Other than a few landmark building, most of the existing structures are now eyesores. The sad thing is that a company Indiana ridiculously under bid this job and ruined it for any local demo. firms who would employ workers from the surrounding community. I hope they lose their shirts!
John Gruber March 21, 2012 at 05:45 PM
wait, are you still allowed to walk around the buildings or will the police stop you?
Matt March 21, 2012 at 06:15 PM
I was escorted around. the public can not walk around or in the buildings.
Johhny D March 21, 2012 at 06:54 PM
you never close a door behind yourself in this place, never, most are kept open with an object in the hinge... they must have moved it. I would have kicked a hole in the wall and gotten out myself before ever calling the police on myself. These kids most likely went into a complete state of panic after trying to frantically open the door for 15 minutes. With a little planning and relaxed thought they could have gotten out without public attention
Jasmine Blinker March 21, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Home town, I understand. But however, I am worried about that. How else do you think that steel door slammed shut on those children? Obviously spirts are roaming around. I think that if we destroy their rest place, they will get pissed. But i'm not here to fight about this. And there are pesticides everywhere on those grounds and deadly medicines. Destroying the buildings could realize it everywhere in KP and we'd have to evacuate.
Tom Gillen March 21, 2012 at 07:24 PM
I think you mean asbestos? When they do their controlled demoliton of the buildings, they have special means to control dust going into the atmosphere by keeping all of the debris wet during demo so as not to create dust clouds. That's the first I've heard about pesticides and deadly medicines
Jewel March 22, 2012 at 12:08 AM
These are kids, boys just being boys, no drugs, or alcohol, just being mischeivous! 17 years old. I did some silly things at that age, difference is I never had to call police to get me caught
Anne March 23, 2012 at 01:51 AM
@ Dave and Hometown.......Glad to see some support here.............I've seen several kids riding the dirt bikes on the street in the residential areas without regard for any safety issues.....I'm afraid if the parents don't try and take responsibility for their kids in using these bikes another unfortunate tragedy will take place.
Richard Riccoboni March 25, 2012 at 01:10 AM
I remember those days, milling around KP psych in the twilight huntingting ghosts and running away from security guards by jumping cliffs and plowing through bushes like a GI in the congo.
Richard Riccoboni March 25, 2012 at 02:13 AM
This place should really be torn down, it's wrong to charge these teenagers with a crime when the only crime that committed was being young. The myths and legends and the fright factor are far too attractive to young people. Living on Mt. Misery rd in huntington I have run into people who came from as far as NHP in the hopes of running into a supernatural event, and the structure that started that legend hasn't even been there for 100 years. It's not the teens who need to be held accountable, it's the county that refuses to pony up and pay for the demolition.
Jeff Casagio March 26, 2012 at 12:40 PM
Those Kids must have died when that door closed! I could only imagine what their parents thought when getting that type of phone call!!
adam tweedie April 07, 2012 at 08:39 PM
I remember the days of riding dirtbikes threw there, and purposely getting chassed for fun. Good old days
Joann Bianculli April 21, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Yes I def agree with gruber & blackie.... It's kids thinking there gunna have a little fun & bang the door closed.... Not really a big deal.....
toop May 27, 2012 at 01:32 AM
most of these comments make me wanna vomit. Some of my best memories growing up in KP had something to do with the adventure and history lesson I got from those buildings. What else is there to do in that town? Charge kids for having some kind of blood flowing in their veins just before they go to a state school and drink their weight into a cubicle or a minivan.
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