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Police in Massachusetts and New York are looking for an inmate Thursday who escaped from a Berkshire County hospital.
July 11, 2019 04:54 pm

PITTSFIELD — An inmate who allegedly escaped police custody and who police believed may have fled to New York has been found, authorities said Thursday.

Harry Chandler Jr., 33, an inmate at the Berkshire County House of Corrections, escaped custody Monday at around 2:10 p.m. from Berkshire Medical Center, 725 North St., Pittsfield, according to a statement issued by the Berkshire County Sheriff’s Office.

More information was to be released at a news conference at 4 p.m. Thursday, the sheriff’s office said.

Police in Columbia County residents were warned to be on the lookout after the Berkshire County inmate allegedly escaped custody.

“A short time ago, our Anti-Crime Unit, led by Lt. [Glenn] Decker, located and arrested Chandler,” according to a statement issued by the Pittsfield Police Department at around 2:30 p.m.

Chandler, who is highly trained in Japanese martial arts, was being treated for a hand infection at the hospital when he allegedly overpowered a deputy with the Berkshire County Sheriff’s Office and fled on foot, according to police.

He was in custody on drug and assault charges, police said.

Trooper Aaron Hicks, a state police spokesman, confirmed Wednesday that state police and its investigators were assisting in the search for Chandler. It is unclear if Chandler has any ties to New York state, Hicks said.

Berkshire Medical Center is about eight miles from the New York-Massachusetts state line.

“People, keep an eye out for this individual,” Columbia County Sheriff David Bartlett posted on Facebook immediately after Chandler escaped. “If you think you see this person, call 911 immediately.”

Police issued a description of Chandler, who has blue eyes, blonde or strawberry hair, weighs 175 pounds, and is 5-feet-11-inches tall. He was last seen wearing orange pants, no shoes and no shirt. He was changing his clothes, without shackles on, when he made his escape, police said.

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