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Rikers Island inmate apprehended after attempted escape

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Posted at 12:28 PM, Jun 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-18 14:50:27-04

A Rikers Island inmate is back in police custody in New York after attempting to escape on Thursday, officials said.

Around 12:30 p.m., the detainee climbed a recreation yard fence and ran to the shoreline, Deputy Commissioner of Public Information Peter Thorne said.

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

"These two brave officers immediately jumped into action to bring the inmate back into custody without any regards for their own safety," Husamudeen said. "We proudly salute them for their bravery and for reminding the public the critical role Correction Officers play every day in maintaining public safety.”

Husamudeen is scheduled to speak Thursday afternoon.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

WPIX's Aliza Chasan was first to report this story.