Prisoner back in custody after escaping from Manhattan hospital

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MANHATTAN — The prisoner whose escape inspired harsher penalties for officers who let suspects slip from their grips was captured Tuesday morning, police said.

Tiffany Neumann was originally arrested Saturday after she allegedly skipped out on her bill at an Upper West Side restaurant then allegedly tried to steal from a boutique.

She told officers she was not feeling well and was taken to a hospital for evaluation. It's there she broke out of police custody, despite an officer on duty and guards nearby.

The 23-year-old was collared on Manhattan's Upper West Side Tuesday morning, police said.

Neumann was the fourth suspect to break out of police custody this summer alone. The officer charged with guarding her has been suspended, officials said.

"I will not tolerate, as police commissioner. these continued lapses in what should be basic policing the care and custody of a prisoner,” Commissioner William Bratton said.

"So the penalties imposed on the officer who is derelict in their duties are going to be very significant."

NYPD's Chief of Department James O'Neill called the escape "embarrassing."

"She's not a mastermind criminal," he said.

Neumann was charged with grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property in the fourth degree.

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