Police capture man who climbed into ECMC ceiling

Posted at 11:56 AM, Dec 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-13 18:00:07-05

Erie County Medical Center Police have captured a convicted sex offender who escaped from police custody while receiving treatment at ECMC.

Buffalo Police Officials tell us Randy C. Schindler, 28, was captured at 7 a.m. roughly 10 hours after he climbed into the ceiling at the hospital after treatment on an injured hand was completed.  

On Tuesday Night officers at the hospital had taken handcuffs off Schindler while he received treatment for the hand injury after he was arrested following a burglary on Dearborn st. in Buffalo.  Officials say Schindler climbed up a piece of equipment and jumped up through a hole in the drop ceiling.

Schindler was convicted in 2007 for forcibly touching a 14 year old girl.

In April the Buffalo Police Benevolent Association sent a letter to the Buffalo Common Council, citing ongoing security concerns with officers taking prisoners to a medical facility.  The letter states officers are often escorting prisoners on a one-on-one basis and goes on to say "We have had suspects escape custody in the past due to lax security measures and practices."

The depatrment and the PBA are not commenting on how many officers were with Schindler at the time of his alleged escape. 
ECMC Police were able to capture Schindler as he attempted to walk out of the hospital Wednesday Morning.