NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — For the second time in less than a week, a handcuffed prisoner managed to slither away from custody in New York City.
This time, it took less than an hour to track the escapee down.
Officials say 27-year-old Jose Peguero-Vasquez managed to slip away while being placed under arrest on drug charges inside 222 East 24th St. in Kips Bay just before 4:30 p.m.
He made his way to the building’s garage, where Drug Enforcement Administration agents found him in the trunk of an SUV.
Agents seized a kilogram of cocaine and a kilogram of heroin and placed Peguero-Vasquez back into custody.
Last Friday, 27-year-old Kevin Taylor escaped from Saint Barnabas Hospital in the Tremont section of the Bronx.
The search came to an end Friday night at a home in the North Bronx thanks to a tip to police.
Both incidents remain under investigation.