Posted at: 02/18/2013 1:15 PM
By: The Associated Press
Photo: James Payne
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A burglary suspect who escaped from police custody while at a Santa Fe hospital was recaptured a short time later as he hid under a staircase at a nearby high school.
Authorities tell The Santa Fe New Mexican that 33-year-old James Payne of Santa Fe was brought to the hospital Sunday after he complained of injuries he suffered in a fight outside a mall.
The Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office says officers had also identified Payne as a suspect in a burglary at a mobile home park.
Payne is accused of escaping after his handcuffs were removed so he could be X-rayed.
Officers surrounded the hospital, but were unable to find Payne. Eventually, someone from the school who had confronted Payne called police.
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