NYC Inmate Tries To Escape Rikers Island

FILE - In this March 16, 2011, file photo, a security fence surrounds inmate housing on the Rikers Island correctional facility in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

An inmate scaled a fence and tried to escape from New York City’s Rikers Island jail complex on Thursday but was captured, jail officials said.

City Department of Correction spokesperson Peter Thorne said in a statement that a detainee climbed a recreation yard fence at about 12:30 p.m. and ran toward the shoreline. Thorne said the person was promptly apprehended by correction officers.

The spokesperson did not confirm reports that two inmates tried to escape from the jail complex and that one was seen swimming toward LaGuardia Airport.

Thursday’s incident followed the embarrassing revelation Wednesday that a Rikers inmate spent more than 90 minutes streaming video on Facebook from inside the sprawling lockup.

(AP / YWN World Headquarters – NYC)