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March 22, 2016

Escape attempt puts Philly Criminal Justice Center on lockdown

A man attempting to flee after being charged with contempt of court during a bail hearing caused a lockdown at the Philadelphia Criminal Justice Center on Tuesday afternoon. 

According to a Airika Walker, a spokesperson for the Philadelphia Sheriff's office, after a bail hearing on charges of terroristic threats and retail theft, Stefan Noble, 25 of West Mount Airy, ran out of a court room of the Criminal Justice Center, at Filbert and North Juniper streets in Center City. 

The hearing took place in front of Judge Henry Lewandowski in a courtroom on the sixth floor, Noble fled the room after being with charged contempt. 

The building was placed on lockdown for a short period of time after 1 p.m., until sheriff's deputies found Noble hiding in a bathroom on the eighth floor of the justice center, Walker said. 

The lockdown ended before 1:30 p.m.

Noble is being held on attempted escape charges in addition to his previous charges.