January 29, 2024
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.
At 6:30pm, @USMS_Philly and @PhillyPolice captured escapee Shane Pryor. Investigators were conducting surveillance in an area Pryor was known to frequent when Pryor was observed boarding a Septa bus. @USMS_Philly pulled the bus over and Pryor was arrested without incident. pic.twitter.com/wxpxJd2XTN— U.S. Marshals Service Philadelphia (@USMS_Philly) January 29, 2024
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.