NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A Manhattan jail is the focus of scrutiny after authorities say a search that was done in the wake of a drug-smuggling case turned up an apparent escape plot.
According to New York City Department of Investigation Commissioner Mark Peters, an inmate had neatly tied together 64 bedsheets and stashed them under the sink in his cell.READ MORE: NYPD: Man Stabbed In Thigh During Robbery In Theater District
Ernest Murphy, awaiting trial on an attempted murder charge, had created enough bedsheets together for him to shimmy down 11 stories from his cellblock to the street, city officials said Thursday.
“Thankfully, it was discovered before he had an opportunity to test his skills at making a getaway,” Peters said.
Murphy didn’t confess to an escape attempt, but authorities said there’s no other logical reason for the sheets.