Prisoner caught in Brooklyn after escaping police custody in Tribeca

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SUNSET PARK, Brooklyn — Police have caught a shoplifting suspect who escaped custody Thursday night as he was being transported to the First Precinct.

Police found the suspect at Turning Point group home located on 42nd Street in Sunset Park around 12:30 a.m. The shelter is for runaway homeless youth and is run by the Department of Youth and Community Development. It also where the man lives, police said.

Police said the culprit, who has multiple aliases, identified himself to investigators as 20-year-old Magsayo Cruz. He faces charges of petty larceny and escape.

Magsayo Cruz, 20, escaped police custody Nov. 17, 2015. He was re-arrested at a group home the next night. (Photo: Anthony DiLorenzo, PIX11 News)

Magsayo Cruz, 20, escaped police custody Nov. 17, 2015. He was re-arrested at a group home the next night. (Photo: Anthony DiLorenzo, PIX11 News)

The prisoner, still wearing his handcuffs, kicked the back window of the police cruiser and ran off around 7:30 p.m., police said. He fled into the Franklin Street subway station in Tribeca. Police searched for the suspect there before expanding to the other boroughs.

Subway service on the 1, 2 and 3 trains was stopped for a short time as police searched the tunnel for the suspect. Regular service resumed late Thursday with residual delays, according to the MTA.

This the seventh time a prisoner has escaped NYPD custody in the last six months.

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