Suspect who escaped police HQ is captured

December 17, 2008 5:42:33 AM PST
Police have captured a man who made a daring escape last week from Philadelphia police headquarters. Authorities say 28-year-old Hector Gomez was taken into custody at a friend's house in the city's Tacony section just after 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Gomez escaped on Dec. 8. He had been arrested a day earlier on auto theft charges and was taken to headquarters after telling investigators he had information about a homicide.

Lt. Frank Vanore says Gomez stacked chairs in an interview room, made a hole in the ceiling, climbed through the air ductwork and got away.

He wasn't handcuffed at the time.

Police say Gomez now faces additional charges of criminal mischief, vandalism and escape, a third-degree felony.

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