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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Mariah Long
A female prisoner escaped police custody early this morning while at Eastern Niagara Hospital-Lockport, stole a vehicle and was eventually captured.

The incident started shortly after midnight when 19-year-old Mariah Long of Niagara Falls fled the hospital after telling police she had to use the bathroom.

Long had been arrested Sunday by Niagara Falls Police and had been in NCSO custody for only a matter of hours.

"She was having her evaluation done and needed to use the restroom," according to Niagara County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Michael P. Dunn, She "pushed past our corrections officer who was there and ran right for the door."

Her disappearance resulted in massive police activity around ENH and a police helicopter searching overhead.

Dunn said Long took cover inside a nearby garage and used a landline phone in that garage to phone a friend.

"One of her companions had come to pick her up," he said. "But apparently when they got to the area, they got scared and did not stay." So instead police say Long stole a black pickup truck that she had found inside the garage.

NCSO attempted to "ping" her cell phone in case she somehow still had it on her, but that had negative results. "One of the witnesses said they saw her with a phone," Dunn said. "At that point, we were looking at anything we possibly find."

They eventually did find her -- still in Lockport -- driving the pickup truck on Woodlawn Avenue shortly after 4 a.m., where she was re-apprehended and returned to Niagara County Jail.

Dunn said she is under normal security at the jail, but they now consider her to be a "security concern."

NOTE: Story updated at 9:07 a.m. with more details and a photo of Long.

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