A Buffalo man escaped from the State Police Thruway barracks Saturday when he slipped out of his handcuffs and bolted out a window, police said.
State Police investigators and police officers in Buffalo and Cheektowaga said they searched for Erieberto Montanez, 30, for nearly four hours before finding the escapee in his Normal Avenue home.
Buffalo police officers used pepper spray when arresting him, according to a State Police report.
Earlier in the day, a trooper had arrested Montanez on charges of false impersonation and aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle during a traffic stop at 11:30 a.m. on the Niagara Thruway in Buffalo, according to the state police.
The trooper also arrested Montanez' passenger, Thomas A. Beavers, 42, of Batavia, who was also charged with false impersonation. Beavers had outstanding bench warrants from the Town of Hamburg for criminal possession of a controlled substance and stolen property.
While being processed at about 1 p.m. in the barracks, at the intersection of the Kensington Expressway and Thruway, Montanez escaped, police said.
State police and Cheektowaga police searched for Montanez, who had been spotted at the Target Plaza on Walden Avenue in Cheektowaga. He was arrested at 4:45 p.m.
Police later learned Montanez has two outstanding warrants in Buffalo for criminal contempt and petit larceny, state police said.
He was in Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $2,000 cash bail or a $20,000 bond.