David Mordukhaev, 30, was reported missing from his allotted residential area when officers checked, Deputy Public Information Commissioner Peter Thorne told CNN in a statement.
Police say Mordukhaev fled the Vernon C. Bain Center, nicknamed “The Boat,” at 1 p.m. 4:15
It was not immediately clear why Mordukhaev was being held at the facility.
The 800-bed correction facility was shut down when authorities investigated the incident, Thorne said.
“No escape from our facilities is ever acceptable and we take every step to locate and bring this person back into custody,” Thorne said. “A thorough investigation of how this happened is underway to ensure that this does not happen again, and disciplinary action, if warranted, will be taken at the conclusion of the investigation.”
Opened in late 1992, the VCBC is a five-story prison barge housing medium-sized and maximum inmates for the New York City of Corrections, according to the department.