The NYPD recaptured a prisoner on Tuesday morning who had escaped police custody while handcuffed to a hospital bed in lower Manhattan, officials said.
Tiffany Neumann's escape embarrasssed the department, which has seen a spate of cases this summer where prisoners have escaped from police custody. The officer who had been responsible for guarding Neumann was suspended.
The NYPD would not disclose on Tuesday how or where exactly she was recaptured, except to say that she was placed back in custody at 8:45 a.m. on the Upper West Side. New charges are pending.
Neumann, 23, of Los Angeles, had been handcuffed to a bed at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital on Gold Street Sunday when she slipped away. Police sources said Neumann was initially arrested on charges of petty larceny and criminal possession of stolen property.
"There is no excuse for it, it is embarrassing," NYPD chief of department James O'Neill told reporters Monday. "She is not a mastermind criminal, it is totally due to inattentiveness and careless. A police officer was suspended last night."
Police officials wouldn't reveal the identity of the suspended officer guarding Neumann when she escaped.
But Police Commissioner William Bratton said Monday the department is coming down hard on officers involved in prisoner escapes.
"I will make that very clear . . . the punishment we will be putting in place for these types of events, is going to be significant," said Bratton. "Once we have a person in our custody our responsibility is the care and custody of that individual."
Neumann had six prior arrests, three in New York City and three in Los Angeles, said NYPD chief of detectives Robert Boyce. He didn't release details about the disposition of those earlier cases.
Neumann reportedly had complained about being pregnant, a condition a police source wasn't true. Officers took her to the hospital. She is described as being 5-foot-3 and weighing about 120 pounds.
Earlier this summer, the NYPD was embarrassed when two other prisoners escaped. In one case Tarek Arnold, 22, was seen on surveillance videos June 23 running away from officers in Manhattan despite being handcuffed. Arnold remained at large for about a month before he was recaptured in last month.