Escaped prisoner had been collared for drugs, gun silencer: NYPD

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EAST HARLEM — A man who escaped an NYPD holding cell Friday had been taken into custody after officers found him "lurking" inside an East Harlem apartment building then found he'd been carrying four different drugs and an illegal silencer, police said.

Arthur Collins, 57, was spotted about 1:45 p.m. inside 1976 Madison Ave., where he did not have permission to be, police said. When he saw the officers, Collins allegedly ran but police captured him before he could leave the building.

Arthur Collins was arrested on suspicion of marijuana possession July 24, 2015, in East Harlem. Police say shortly after he escaped their custody. (Photo: NYPD)

Arthur Collins was arrested on suspicion of marijuana possession July 24, 2015, in East Harlem. Police say shortly after he escaped their custody. (Photo: NYPD)

Officers said they found crack, powdered cocaine, heroin, marijuana and a firearm silencer on Collins' person, according to NYPD.

He was taken to the department's 25th Precinct located on East 119th Street in East Harlem and put in a holding cell, police said.

"During the arrest processing, officers went to check on the suspect and discovered he was gone," police said in a statement Friday night.

As of 9:15 p.m., Collins was still on the run. Police released a photo of the suspect from his 2012 arrest for marijuana possession.

Collins had served time for attempted murder and attempted manslaughter.

Additional officers have been called to the area and a police helicopter has been launched to scour the streets from the air. A police K-9 is also helping in the search.

A spokesperson for Mayor Bill de Blasio says the mayor is "confident" that police will find Collins and takes any incident like this seriously.

PIX11 News' Doug Kahn contributed to this report.

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