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Man who escaped NYPD custody in October captured

New York Police Department Commisioner William Bratton listens

New York Police Department Commisioner William Bratton listens to a question from a reporter during a press conference on Dec. 2, 2015 in Manhattan. Credit: Yeong-Ung Yang

Police in New York City have captured a man who escaped custody while he was handcuffed earlier this year in an incident that drew harsh words from the police commissioner.

Authorities say 39-year-old Gerald Brooks was arrested Tuesday in Queens on an escape charge.

Police say Brooks had several open warrants for domestic violence-related crimes and was being hauled into a police car on Oct. 20 when he pushed a detective and took off.

Commissioner Bill Bratton called the officers who allowed the handcuffed prisoner to run off “an embarrassment.”

Police said at the time that two detectives and a sergeant will face severe disciplinary action.

Since June, four other prisoners escaped from NYPD custody.

It’s unclear if Brooks has an attorney who could comment on the charges.

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