Officials report that an inmate from Rikers Island managed to flee from police custody while being treated at a hospital in Manhattan

According to the Department of Correction, an inmate at Rikers Island managed to escape from police custody while being treated at a Manhattan hospital on Wednesday.

A medical issue brought James Mossetty, a 35-year-old individual, to NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue on June 5. However, he managed to escape custody at approximately 9:40 p.m, according to officials. The NYPD reported that he was last spotted running on the FDR Drive.

According to the DOC, Mossetty was arrested on January 6 in Manhattan and is facing charges of assault, criminal possession of a controlled substance, and theft of services.

As of Thursday afternoon, the suspect had not yet been apprehended. Police reported that the suspect, standing at 5-foot-6, was last spotted wearing a white t-shirt, gray sweatpants, black glasses, and black shoes.

The NYPD and U.S. Marshals are collaborating with the DOC to capture Mossetty.

To report any tips to the police, individuals can use a variety of methods such as calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting the official website at, downloading the NYPD Crime Stoppers mobile app, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) followed by TIP577. For Spanish-speaking callers, the number to dial is 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

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