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NYPD searching for shoeless man who escaped custody in East Harlem

Arthur Collins, 57, from a previous arrest for

Arthur Collins, 57, from a previous arrest for possession of Marijuana in 2012. Collins escaped from a holding cell in the 25th Precinct during arrest processing Friday, July 24. Photo Credit: DCPI

The NYPD is searching for a shoeless man who escaped custody from the 25th Precinct in East Harlem Friday afternoon.

Police had responded to a call reporting an unknown male wandering inside of a Madison Avenue residence at 1:43 p.m. Friday. When spotted, the suspect ran from the officers, but was apprehended and found to be in possession of crack, powdered cocaine, heroin, marijuana and a firearm slicer, according to police.

The suspect, identified as Arthur Collins, 57, was arrested and taken to the 25th Precinct station house and placed in a holding cell. During the arrest processing, when officers returned to the cell, Collins was gone. 

Collins is described as 5'6" tall, 140 pounds with a shaved head and wearing black jeans, a black shirt and no shoes. 

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