A manhunt is underway in New York City after a prisoner — still wearing a leg shackles — escaped a downtown Manhattan hospital Thursday afternoon while in police custody. The NYPD said in a statement that Daniel Ortiz, 31, escaped from the Lenox Hill HealthPlex in Greenwich Village around 3:30 p.m.
Police released a photo of Ortiz with this description: “Light complexion, approximately 5’6?, 130 lbs., brown eyes, brown curly hair, last seen wearing a dark colored pea coat, dark blue jeans, chocolate boots, no shirt, leg shackles, attached to one side, and tucked inside of his boot and possibly bleeding from the wrist. He is walking with a noticeable limp.”
Police said Ortiz, whose last known address was in Brooklyn, has a violent history with at least 16 arrests, including for assault, burglary and criminal possession of a weapon. Not including his arrest on Thursday, the last time Ortiz was taken into custody was on Dec. 16 on suspicion of assault, officials said. A law enforcement source said investigators are still trying to sort out the suspect’s true identity, revealing that he may have other aliases.