Escaped prisoner in Downtown Brooklyn sets off police hunt

October 7, 2019 Noah Goldberg and Jonathan Sperling
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Updated on Oct. 10 (11 am)

A man arrested in southern Brooklyn escaped from police custody in Downtown Brooklyn on Monday, setting off a police search for him.

The 20-year-old man, 5 feet 11 inches tall, 170 lbs. with black hair, was last seen wearing an olive green track jacket with red stripes, light blue jeans and black sneakers, according to police. He was handcuffed when he escaped, according to NBC.

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About two dozen police cars flooded the streets of Downtown Brooklyn on Monday afternoon, lining Court Street from Schermerhorn Street to Livingston Street. Officers from the 76th Precinct and 60th Precinct were on scene, as well as cops from the NYPD’s Emergency Services Unit and K9 Unit. A helicopter was flying overhead.

Eagle photo by Jonathan Sperling

The man was originally arrested in the confines of the 60th Precinct, which spans Coney Island, Brighton Beach and Sea Gate, according to cops. The charges on which he had been arrested were not immediately known.

The Department of Correction did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

This is a breaking news story. Check back for updates. 

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