NYC Jail Inmate Caught 7 Hours After Escape From Rikers

NEW YORK (AP) -
The Rikers Island jail complex in New York with the Manhattan skyline in the background. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Authorities say that an inmate who escaped from a section of New York City’s Rikers Island jail complex has been found on the island.

Local media outlets report that the inmate was captured around 3 a.m. Thursday after multiple law enforcement agencies launched a massive manhunt when the prisoner was reported missing around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Staff members noted the inmate’s disappearance when the headcount of inmates was off by one.

The jail was placed on lockdown as the NYPD, Port Authority police and correction officers searched the island and surrounding waters. Officials say two Department of Correction staffers found him still on the island.

Officials say the inmate made his escape while outdoors for recreation time.

Rikers Island is New York City’s largest jail. The city’s jail system has been plagued for years by a culture of violence and corruption.