A man who escaped from Buffalo police at Erie County Medical Center for about 10 hours by climbing up into the ceiling was caught Wednesday morning trying to walk out of the hospital, police said.
Randy C. Schindler, 28, was caught at about 7 a.m. by ECMC police, Buffalo Police Capt. Jeffrey Rinaldo said.
On Tuesday night, officers at the hospital had taken handcuffs off Schindler, who was receiving treatment for a hand injury after he was arrested following a burglary in Black Rock. When the treatment was done, Schindler climbed up a piece of equipment and jumped up through a hole in the drop ceiling, according to Buffalo police. Officers tried grabbing Schindler's legs, but he managed to evade them, the report said.
Police conducted an extensive search of the hospital's duct work but could not located him, according to the report.
Schindler was arrested following the report of a burglary in progress on Dearborn Street at about 3:40 p.m. Tuesday. He was apprehended a few blocks away at Dearborn and Farmer Street. His escape happened around 9 p.m., according to a second police report.
A sizable detail of officers are now guarding him, Rinaldo said.