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January 29, 2024

Escaped prisoner Shane Pryor apprehended on SEPTA bus in North Philly, police say

The accused killer was taken into custody four days after he fled from authorities as he was being taken to the hospital for a hand injury

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Shane Pryor apprehended Thom Carroll/For PhillyVoice

Shane Pryor, 17, was arrested by a U.S. Marshals task force Sunday night in North Philadelphia. The accused murderer had escaped from authorities Wednesday at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Shane Pryor, the accused killer who escaped from authorities at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia last week, was arrested Sunday night on a SEPTA bus in North Philly. 

Investigators said they learned Sunday morning that Pryor, 17, had been frequenting the Hunting Park neighborhood. At 6:30 p.m., Pryor was seen boarding a SEPTA bus at Ninth Street and Roosevelt Boulevard. A U.S. Marshals task force caught up with the bus and boarded it at Third Street and Roosevelt Boulevard, arresting Pryor without incident, authorities said.

A black handcuff key was found in Pryor's pocket during his arrest and secured by detectives, investigators said. Reports from last week said Pryor was not wearing handcuffs at the time of his escape. 

"To bring Shane Pryor into custody four days after escaping, is a result of tremendous collaboration between the U.S. Marshals Service and the Philadelphia Homicide Unit," Robert Clark, supervisory deputy marshal, said in a statement. 

Pryor escaped around noon Wednesday after he was transported to CHOP from the Philadelphia Juvenile Justice Services Center for a hand injury. He ran from escort staff after getting out a transport car in the emergency room parking lot near 34th and Spruce streets. 

Surveillance video shows him asking a receptionist in CHOP's Hub for Clinical Collaboration to use the phone. She denied his request and Pryor left. Police said he later borrowed a phone from a woman on Civic Center Boulevard to call Michael Diggs, 18, who was arrested Friday for allegedly helping Pryor flee University City by picking him up near the hospital.

Pryor has been charged with fatally shooting a woman in a Holmesburg alleyway in 2020 and has been in custody since then. He maintains his innocence. He was 14 at the time but has been charged as an adult. In December, a judge denied his request to return the case to the juvenile court. This may have influenced his decision to escape, his attorney Paul DiMaio said.