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.