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Prisoner whose escape was ’embarrassment’ for NYPD brought back into custody

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NEW YORK — Police in New York City have captured a man who escaped custody while he was handcuffed earlier this year in an incident that drew harsh words from the police commissioner.

Authorities say 39-year-old Gerald Brooks was arrested Tuesday in Queens on an escape charge.

Police say Brooks had several open warrants for domestic violence-related crimes and was being hauled into a police car on Oct. 20 when he pushed a detective and took off.

Commissioner Bill Bratton called the officers who allowed the handcuffed prisoner to run off “an embarrassment.”

Police said at the time that two detectives and a sergeant will face severe disciplinary action.

Since June, four other prisoners escaped from NYPD custody.

It’s unclear if Brooks has an attorney who could comment on the charges.