A man arrested on new charges during an unrelated court appearance this week briefly fled city police custody, making it as far as the police station lobby before being recaptured, police said Wednesday.
Kevin Mulderry, 20, of Cutler Street, faces one count of first-degree escape, along with the original charges lodged against him, which include felony burglary.
The incident happened Tuesday morning at the Schenectady police headquarters. City Court is housed in the same building.
According to police and court paperwork, Mulderry arrived at court on a stolen property case that dates back to July. While appearing in that case, the court advised him of a new felony count of second-degree burglary related to a June 2013 incident.
Mulderry became upset after Officer Timothy Rizzo took him into custody in court and led him back to the police booking area, according to police spokesman Lt. Mark McCracken.
“He was extremely agitated,” McCracken said. “When the officer went to seek additional assistance, during that he attempted to break free from custody.”
Rizzo stepped out of the booking area briefly to summon other officers to assist, McCracken said. That’s when Mulderry bolted. He was not in handcuffs.
He ran out a rear door, down a hallway and through exit doors into the lobby, according to court paperwork.
Rizzo gave immediate chase and caught up with Mulderry in the lobby, taking him back into custody, McCracken said. State court officers stationed in the lobby assisted.
Regarding the incident itself, McCracken said the department is reviewing it.
“Obviously in a situation like that we’re going to sit there and take a look at what went right, what went wrong and how we can do things better,” he said. “The situation is being looked at by both the administration and the courts.”
Mulderry’s original court appearance was on one count of fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, court records show. He is accused of possessing a stolen dirt bike on Cutler Street in July. That case remains pending.
The new charges served on him during his court appearance are second-degree burglary, a felony, and fourth-degree criminal mischief, a misdemeanor. Those allegations are of him breaking into an Ardsley Road home June 6, 2013, damaging an exterior door in the process. Police filed those charges based in part on a DNA match, according to court paperwork.
After all that, the court set Mulderry’s total bond at $10,000. He posted it later Tuesday and was released.
Tuesday’s incident follows another brief, but more lengthy, escape from custody in neighboring Scotia in October. In that case, a man in custody on a burglary charge slipped out a Scotia police station bathroom window. He made it just over three blocks away before being recaptured.