ILION – An attempted escape mid-day today ended with the defendant back in police custody within minutes, police said.
At about 11:55 a.m. Sept. 22, Megan A. Quackenbush, 22, of Little Falls, escaped from Herkimer County Sheriff’s deputies while appearing in Ilion village court on a petit larceny charge. Quackenbush was in the sheriff department’s custody on previous charges of third-degree burglary, petit larceny and resisting arrest.
Outfitted in an orange jumpsuit, white T-shirt and orange shoes, Quackenbush climbed out of an unlocked bathroom window within the Ilion court building, police said. She jumped down 8.5 feet to pavement below, where she hid behind a parked vehicle to remove part of her orange jumpsuit. Clad in the orange pants and white tee, she then west on First Street.
Quackenbush crossed West Street and continued straight until she reached Steele Creek, where she jumped over an embankment and ran into the water. She attempted to hide in the creek bed while responding officers quickly set up a perimeter and began searching the area, said police. Quackenbush exited the west side of the creek and started to climb the steep hillside heading toward First Avenue.
At 12:01 p.m., police apprehended her as she attempted her climb up the hill and returned her to the court building on Morgan Street.
Quackenbush was subsequently arraigned before Village Justice Stephen Canipe on the charge of second-degree escape, a class E felony. She was remanded to the Herkimer County Correctional Facility in lieu of $100,000 cash bail or $200,000 bond.
Police credit residents in the area with assisting them in apprehending Quackenbush so quickly as they pointed and directed officers to where she was last seen.