Inmate caught after escaping from Albany County Jail

Albany County

COLONIE, N.Y. (NEWS10) — There were a few tense moments at the Albany County Jail Tuesday morning after an inmate escaped.

Thirty five years ago a prisoner was captured right on the Shaker Ridge Golf Course, which is located across the road from the jail and near the Albany International Airport.

The second time happened on Tuesday. Police came breaking through the golf course fence and captured the inmate right on the 17th hole.

The escapee was out for about 10 minutes before being taken back into custody on the grounds of the Shaker Ridge Golf Course.

When NEWS10 ABC arrived, sheriff’s department officers were still on scene. Colonie police said they received a call at 9:59 a.m. asking for assistance in locating an inmate who had escaped the jail. Colonie officers began to help set up a perimeter, but the man was already being captured.

Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple said, while in the yard of the correctional facility, the inmate started running toward a maintenance gate and was able to slip through between the gate and a bar above. He then climbed over the perimeter fence and suffered several cuts from the wire at the top.

Because he was bleeding so much, responding officers were able to find him quickly and easily.

“You don’t ever wanna see this type of thing happen, obviously,” Apple said. “It could have been horrible had everybody just panicked and not fallen back on their training.”

Sheriff Apple said the man was arrested as a fugitive from New Jersey where he was wanted for allegedly stabbing a woman. He received 96 stitches for the injuries he sustained climbing over the facility fence.

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