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Feds Capture Handcuffed Prisoner Following Brief Escape In Kips Bay

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- For the second time in less than a week, a handcuffed prisoner managed to slither away from custody in New York City.

This time, it took less than an hour to track the escapee down.

Officials say 27-year-old Jose Peguero-Vasquez managed to slip away while being placed under arrest on drug charges inside 222 East 24th St. in Kips Bay just before 4:30 p.m.

He made his way to the building's garage, where Drug Enforcement Administration agents found him in the trunk of an SUV.

Agents seized a kilogram of cocaine and a kilogram of heroin and placed Peguero-Vasquez back into custody.

Last Friday, 27-year-old Kevin Taylor escaped from Saint Barnabas Hospital in the Tremont section of the Bronx.

The search came to an end Friday night at a home in the North Bronx thanks to a tip to police.

Both incidents remain under investigation.

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