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Sheriff: Inmate attempts escape from Suffolk County jail

A jail handout photo shows Matthew Hubrins after his processing in June 2012 at the Suffolk County Correctional Facility in Riverside.
Photo Credit: Suffolk County Sheriff's Office

An inmate at the Suffolk County jail – awaiting trial on murder charges – tried to escape by scaling a jailhouse fence Wednesday morning but was caught before he could get away, authorities said.

The Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office says 30-year-old Matthew Hubrins was caught at 10:20 a.m. while he was scaling an interiror fence in the recreational yard at the Suffolk County Correctional Facility in Riverside. A corrections officer, who had just finished patrolling a recreation yard, purportedly saw Hubrins heading toward a far corner of the yard and became wary. The 19-year veteran officer, Barbara McFadden, approached him as Hubrins tried to climb the 12-foot fence, a sheriff’s office spokeswoman said.

Officials said Hubrins refused commands to immediately get on the ground and continued in his alleged failed bid for freedom. As the officer went closer, she continued to demand he get off the fence, but Hubrins allegedly continued to climb until he reached “the multiple layers” of razor-wire that line the top of the jailhouse fence. When backup arrived, Hubrins came off the fence and was handcuffed in the yard. Authorities are now pursuing additional crimianl charges relating to the escape attempt. The charges, which were not disclosed, were pending Wednesday afternoon, the spokeswoman, Kristin MacKay, said.

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

Hubrins, who was jailed following his arrest in June 2012, has been locked up for close to two years and is currently facing a second-degree murder charge for allegedly killing his stepfather. The veteran US Postal Service worker was found stabbed to death in his Huntington Station home.

Hubrins’ attorney did not immediately return a call for comment.