(UPDATE) Cops nab prisoner who escaped custody in Harlem

Police released this photo. (NYPD)
Police released this photo. (NYPD)

Cops have found the man who eluded police after slipping out of cops’ custody this morning.

The NYPD just announced that the suspect was apprehended around 3:30 p.m. as he exited the subway at West 135th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue.

No injuries were reported, cops said.

Police had shut down the subways for hours after he escaped this morning while cops were arresting him for grand larceny.

According to police, cops went to to a building on St. Nicholas Avenue around 10 a.m. to arrest Vincens Vuktilaj, 18, at his home.

Cops handcuffed him and led him down the stairs, they said.

But then, he pushed cops out of the way and ran into the West 145th Street subway station.

Vuktilaj was not in a police car at the time as earlier reported, cops said.

Police said he is wanted for multiple grand larcenies where he allegedly snatched chains from female victims’ necks.

The most recent crime cited was April 29, when cops said Vuktilaj approached a 61-year-old victim around 7 p.m., asked her for directions then swiped her gold chain.

Cops said Vuktilaj had been arrested before for trespassing, jumping a turnstile and shooting at people with a BB gun.

They described him as 5-foot-6, 125 pounds with brown eyes and black hair, in a yellow long-sleeve sweater, jeans, black socks and no shoes.

The MTA shut down the nearby subway station in case he tried to flee by train after escaping the car.

A and C subway service was suspended between 59th Street and 168th Street.

All subways had been restored as of 1 p.m., an MTA spokesman said.

Danielle Tcholakian contributed reporting.



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