Reward Increases in Case of Escaped Prisoner in Manhattan

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Reward money for information in the case of an escaped prisoner in Manhattan has been increased to $12,500, police announced Wednesday. 

Police say The Chief of Detective's Office is offering $10,000 and the Police Foundation is offering $2,500 for information leading to the capture of 23-year-old Tareek Arnold, the attempted murder suspect who got away in handcuffs on June 23. 

Arnold escaped while in police custody at 134th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue in Harlem and remains on the lam, police said.

Police said they've been searching for Arnold in a total of 50 locations, including the Bronx and places out of state. They've spoken with 20 associates about his whereabouts, and set up a special task force to find him.

Arnold is part of the 40 Wolves gang based in central Harlem, police said. 

Police said Arnold was being taken to Manhattan central booking, with his hands cuffed behind his back, when he pushed the officer guarding to the ground and took off. Surveillance video shows him running down the street in a white T-shirt and pants as two law enforcement officers chase him.

The officer authorities say the officer Arnold attacked was not seriously injured.

Arnold has two tattoos -- one that says "troll" and another that says "militant soldiers." The circumstances surrounding the charges against him weren't immediately clear.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.

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