Neighbors in the Kew Gardens neighborhood of Queens said police were unable to capture the bird Monday and returned Tuesday for a second unsuccessful attempt, this time with the bird perched on a rooftop, the New York Post reported Wednesday.
The residents said an officer attempted to shoot the bird with a tranquilizer dart from a third-floor balcony, but the police gave up when the peacock fled.
"It's entertainment but it's also annoying for cops trying to catch it," said Ronnie Aba, 31, a resident of the home where the peacock was roosting. "He's too fast and it's not the cops job to catch it. They tried to shoot it but the canopy was in the way."