A 24-year-old Rikers Island Prison inmate may have succeeded in busting out of the lock up, but getting out of the jail, and getting off the island, are two different things.
The incident happened in late-July, according to news reports, when corrections officers took six inmates out to an exercise yard. Five of the men distracted the guards while the sixth inmate, who has been identified as Naquan Hill, hopped a barbed-wire fence.
For reasons that are unclear to everyone, none of the guards noticed an inmate was missing—and they didn’t catch it until the evening headcount.
Hill was captured later that night as he was stuck on the island…
A spokesperson for the facility told the New York Times that they’re attributing the escape to staff negligence.
Hill, who was initially serving time on burglary charges, will now be charged with escape.
Original article: Man who escaped Rikers never got off the island
Photo credit: Fotolia