NYC escaped prisoner: Police seek man who used towels to scale down Grammercy Park hospital building

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Thursday, August 10, 2023 9:53AM

Prisoner escapes from Manhattan hospital by scaling down building

GRAMMERCY PARK, Manhattan (WABC) — Police are searching for a prisoner who created a makeshift rope to escape a hospital building in Grammercy Park.

Officials say corrections officers brought 44-year-old Yenchun Chen to Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital last Friday because of a cardiac issue.

Wednesday afternoon, he decided to make his escape by using towels to repel down the side of the building.

Authorities say Chen asked for several towels to take a shower Wednesday, but when officers went to check on him in the shower, they noticed the window was open and he was nowhere to be found.

They soon realized Chen had scaled down the side of the hospital building and onto the second floor, where he landed on the air conditioning unit.

“When I heard a prisoner escaped through a window, I was just kind of shocked when it happened,” one nurse said.

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Officials say he allegedly used a ladder to get down to the street and proceeded to hop in a cab.

Chen was arrested last week for criminal possession of a controlled substance, police said. He is described as 6’3 and about 250 pounds, with tattoos on his left arm and hand.

Anyone with information on this escape or Chen’s whereabouts should call crime stoppers at 1-800-577- TIPS.


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