February 16, 2009

Police: Suspect’s hospital escape foiled

Police in New York say a drug suspect tried to escape by climbing through a hospital ceiling only to be recaptured after getting stuck behind a wall.

New York Port Authority police said Estaban Gutierrez, 36, was being evaluated at New York-Presbyterian Hospital Columbia following his arrest on drug and larceny charges and was allowed to use the hospital's men's room shortly before noon Sunday, the New York Daily News reported Monday.

Gutierrez broke through the bathroom's drop-tile ceiling and fled into a crawlspace, officials said. Officers locked down the hospital after he was noticed missing and he only made it a few feet from the bathroom before becoming stuck behind a wall, Port Authority police spokesman Ron Marsico said.

Police broke through the drywall and took Gutierrez back into custody. He is expected to face additional charges, police said.