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Man escapes from custody after arraignment

Posted at 10:36 PM, Dec 16, 2014
and last updated 2015-12-11 22:36:54-05

The Erie County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help to capture a man who escaped from custody.

Thomas Walsh, 29 of Buffalo, escaped from the Buffalo City Court lockup sally port after his arraignment on Tuesday afternoon. 7 Eyewitness News was told that Walsh was awaiting transport by the sheriff's office.

Walsh is wanted for several charges, including petit larceny and criminal possession of stolen property, and has prior violent crimes in his past, including a 2008 arrest for allegedly shaking his 3-month-old baby, causing serious injuries.  Officials say he should be considered armed and dangerous and the public should not approach him.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the capture of Walsh. Call 716-867-6161 with your tips, which will be kept confidential.