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Riverhead Correctional Facility Inmate Climbs Fence in Failed Escape Attempt

Categories: | Author: sheriff sheriff | Posted: 5/5/2014 | Views: 4802
Suffolk County Sheriff's Office Sheriff Vincent DeMarco Correction Officer Barbara McFadden Inmate Matthew Hubrins Escape Attempt Riverhead

A Suffolk County inmate, Matthew Hubrins, age 30, charged with 2nd degree murder, and other charges, attempted to escape from the County Correctional Facility in Riverhead at approximately 10:20 this morning by scaling an interior fence in a far corner of the jail’s recreational yard.

The attempt was quickly foiled due to the swift response of Suffolk County Correction Officer Barbara McFadden. 

The Officer had just finished her regular tour on the inside of the recreation yard and had locked the fence.  After locking it, she observed Hubrins heading toward the far right corner of the yard, and observed him as he began to scale the inner fence.

As Hubrins scaled the fence, Officer McFadden ordered him to immediately get on the ground. He failed to respond, and so Officer McFadden began to approach the suspect, and again demanded that he descend the fence.  After several commands, and as he reached the multiple layers of razor wire affixed at the top of the fencing, the inmate began to comply and descend.  During the brief standoff, Officer McFadden also called for back-up support over the radio.  Correction Sergeant Richard Schenkman responded to the call, and both made their approach toward Hubrins inside the yard.  Hubrins was again ordered to get on the ground, and complied at that time.   Officers McFadden and Schenkman immediately handcuffed him and he was escorted back into the jail.  

Hubrins, a former resident of Huntington, was arrested and brought into custody in June 2012 in connection with the stabbing death of his stepfather, Noel Mohammed, a United States Postal Worker.

“Correction Officers face violent prisoners on a daily basis, and Officer McFadden’s professionalism under these circumstances should be commended.  She was able to verbally diffuse the situation, protect the safety of her fellow officers and the other inmates, and apprehend the inmate quickly.” stated Sheriff Vincent F. DeMarco.


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