SEVERE WX : Winter Weather Advisory View Alerts

Madison County inmate facing new charge after attempted escape

A Bridgeport man is facing a new felony charge after he was caught trying to escape from the ceiling of his cell at the Madison County Jail on Sunday, according to the Madison County Sheriff’s Office.

Posted: Oct 23, 2017 4:10 PM
Updated: Oct 24, 2017 3:38 PM

WAMPSVILLE – A Bridgeport man is facing a new felony charge after he was caught trying to escape from the ceiling of his cell at the Madison County Jail on Sunday, according to the Madison County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies say that 44-year-old Michael Hernandez attempted to escape from the jail by creating a likeness of himself on his bunk, disassembling the ceiling of the cell he was assigned to and climbing through it. He was stopped by corrections officers before making it out of his cell, while his legs were dangling overhead.

At the time of his attempted escape, Hernandez was being held on several charges after the credit card he used to post bail for a prior arrest was found to be stolen, according to deputies.

Hernandez was initially arrested the week of October 16 for allegedly driving under the influence of drugs. He was being taken to a rehabilitation facility by a family member when he decided to leave the vehicle. Deputies say that when the family member attempted to call 911, Hernandez came back to the car, choked the family member and then took the cell phone they were using.

Deputies say Hernandez fled from the scene and was later found by New York State Police, and he was charged with criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation, fourth-degree criminal mischief and second-degree harassment. He was arraigned in the Town of Sullivan Court and sent to the Madison County Jail on $300 cash bail.  

Hernandez posted his bail on Saturday afternoon, but he was then arrested at that same time because the credit card he used to post bail had been reported as stolen. He was then charged with fourth-degree grand larceny, fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, petit larceny and second-degree criminal contempt. He was arraigned in Oneida City Court and sent to the Madison County Jail on $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond.

Hernandez was being held on those charges when he attempted his escape on Sunday. He’s now charged with first-degree attempted escape and third-degree criminal tampering.

Hernandez was arraigned this morning in Oneida City Court and sent back to the jail on $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond. He’s scheduled to return to court at a later date.

Acting Sheriff John Ball says that the public was not in any danger during the attempted escape, and the facility’s inmate escape siren was not activated because he never made it out of the facility.

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Cases: 1973308

Reported Deaths: 51350
CountyCasesDeaths
Kings2611819909
Queens2604189526
Suffolk1913793303
Nassau1753923102
Bronx1731096365
New York1303844306
Westchester1245352236
Erie805561689
Richmond698671740
Monroe599441033
Orange45583782
Rockland45345941
Onondaga35576660
Dutchess27616433
Albany23409343
Oneida21291497
Niagara17888332
Broome17175348
Saratoga14222160
Ulster12835241
Schenectady12289192
Rensselaer10526136
Putnam1007991
Chautauqua8256132
Chemung7068133
Oswego690990
Ontario676591
Steuben6212141
St. Lawrence613794
Sullivan603268
Cayuga581090
Jefferson540863
Wayne515467
Cattaraugus506880
Genesee5014121
Herkimer4883107
Clinton447232
Madison425785
Tompkins401949
Fulton399786
Livingston394358
Montgomery3842114
Columbia380399
Cortland351560
Warren333756
Tioga333358
Wyoming321751
Allegany314183
Otsego313646
Greene308174
Chenango303173
Washington281355
Orleans271683
Lewis242333
Franklin237512
Delaware211936
Seneca185356
Schoharie152015
Essex148926
Yates109826
Schuyler97913
Hamilton3002
Unassigned184111
Out of NY0216
Rome
Cloudy
43° wxIcon
Hi: 50° Lo: 40°
Feels Like: 38°
Binghamton
Cloudy
40° wxIcon
Hi: 49° Lo: 37°
Feels Like: 34°
Rome
Cloudy
43° wxIcon
Hi: 50° Lo: 40°
Feels Like: 38°
Rome
Cloudy
43° wxIcon
Hi: 47° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 38°
WKTV Radar
WKTV Temperatures
WKTV Severe Weather
Saluting Those Who Are Proud 2 Serve
Enter the Rock Your Body Giveaway from Alivana Aesthetics
Looking for work or looking to hire? Check out the WKTV Job Fair!