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Rikers Island inmate apprehended after 2nd attempted escape

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Posted at 10:35 AM, Jun 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-21 13:10:36-04

THE BRONX — A Rikers Island jail inmate attempted to escape on Sunday for the second time this week, a city Department of Correction official said.

The detainee scaled a recreation yard fence at the North Infirmary Command around 9 a.m., according to the DOC.

He was apprehended on the roof after about 30 minutes, two sources told PIX11 News.

"This detainee was quickly apprehended and returned to custody. The incident is under investigation and there will be immediate staff suspensions if warranted,” DOC Deputy Commissioner of Public Information Peter Thorne told PIX11 News in a statement Sunday.

The same detainee tried to escape the jail on Thursday afternoon as well, according to the DOC.

In that incident, the inmate climbed a recreation yard fence around 12:30 p.m. and ran to the shoreline, Thorne had said.

The inmate was apprehended by K-9 Correction Officers Larry McCardle and Gregory Braska, according to Correction Officers' Benevolent Association President Elias Husamudeen.

This story comprises reporting from PIX11's Aliza Chasan.