Fugitive Who Escaped Custody Captured in Conn.

Manhunt spanned three states, locked down elementary school

Thursday, Nov 18, 2010  |  Updated 8:05 AM EDT
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Massive Manhunt Ends in Connecticut

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A New York City man who escaped from police custody in northern New Jersey has been captured in Connecticut.

Connecticut State Police Sgt. James Powers says Jose Rodriguez was taken into custody by the U.S. Marshal's Service at the Mictrotel Inns & Suites in Uncasville, Conn., around 3:30 a.m. Thursday.

Powers says the 26-year-old faces a court hearing on fugitive from justice charges around 10 a.m. in Norwich, Conn.

Authorities said Rodriguez was handcuffed, but managed to drive off using his knees to steer an unmarked police vehicle after he was apprehended in Fort Lee, N.J., on Wednesday.

The Bronx resident was wanted on a parole violation and drunken driving charge. He was also a suspect in a nonfatal shooting this month in the Bronx.

The escape caused a 25-minute lockdown of a Fort Lee elementary school.

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