A prisoner escaped from custody at Bellevue Hospital Monday morning, authorities said.
Harry Maldonado, 55, bolted from the prison ward at the hospital on First Avenue near East 28th Street around 3:50 a.m., according to the city Department of Correction.
Maldonado was wearing a hospital gown, a black hat and black sunglasses when he took off, according to the NYPD.
He was first taken into custody Thursday on charges related to attempted burglary, larceny and parole violation, according to the DOC.
It was not immediately clear how Maldonado managed to escape, and the agency said a full investigation is underway.
“Safely monitoring those in our custody is a core part of our mission and this is extremely disturbing,” DOC Commissioner Vincent Schiraldi said in a statement. “We take escapes and attempted escapes very seriously and we are investigating exactly how this happened. Teams from our Correction Intelligence Bureau are working with NYPD to bring this individual back into custody as quickly as possible.”
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