Man Hunt

Local and state police were given a quick scare last week when a prisoner escaped from correction officers in Cicero.

Kevin Fitzpatrick, 31, took off from a state corrections transport van on East Circle Drive in Cicero at around 3 p.m. on July 27, according to a report from the Onondaga County Sheriff's office.

Sheriff's deputies, state troopers and police from Cicero, Clay and North Syracuse setup a perimeter to contain Fitzpatrick. Onondaga County Sheriff's deputies Michael Quigley and Kathleen Kruger snagged the escapee at the end of Business Avenue off Brewerton Road, police said.

Correction officials said that the van was on its way back from Jefferson County to Auburn Correctional Facility when it stopped near Burger King on Brewerton Road to allow Fitzpatrick to relieve himself. While stopped, he was able to escape from the van, still wearing waist chains, according to the sheriff's office.

He just got out and started running, Onondaga County Sheriff's deputy William Gabriel said. When we caught up with him, he was taken in without incident.

Correctional officers fired two shots, but no injuries were reported.

Fitzpatrick was charged with escape in the first degree by the Onondaga County district attorney, according to Onondaga County Sheriff's report.

Nobody from the state's department of corrections could be reached for comment at this time. Fitzpatrick was identified as a non-violent criminal by the Onondaga County Sheriff's Department.

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