Gino Hagenkotter : “Escaped Inmate Found Dead in Philadelphia Warehouse: Fourth Jailbreak This Year”

Death – Obituary – Accident and Crime News : PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Authorities in Philadelphia have confirmed that the body discovered inside a warehouse on Monday has been identified as Gino Hagenkotter, an inmate who had escaped from a work detail at the Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Center nearly two weeks ago. This incident marks the fourth escape from a city lockup this year.

According to the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office, the body found in the warehouse was positively identified as Hagenkotter, a 34-year-old prisoner serving time for theft and burglary charges. Hagenkotter had been working in the orchard on the prison grounds on November 30 when he requested permission from the guard to use the restroom. However, he failed to return, and subsequent checks revealed his escape.

Deputy Police Commissioner Frank Vanore stated that Hagenkotter had managed to scale a fence and navigate through a city sanitation department yard adjacent to the prison. Surveillance footage captured him walking down the street after discarding his prison jumpsuit. His escape came to a tragic end when his lifeless body was discovered in the warehouse.

Authorities investigating the scene found evidence of forced entry, including a broken air vent and a pushed-out fan. A ladder was also found nearby, suggesting the means by which Hagenkotter gained access to the warehouse. The cause of death is currently under investigation.

Hagenkotter’s planned release from the nearby Riverside Correctional Facility into a transitional program was canceled due to pending retail theft charges in suburban Bucks County. Instead, he was informed that he would remain at Riverside until April. Officials believe this played a role in his decision to escape.

Unfortunately, this is not the first time that inmates have managed to break free from Philadelphia correctional facilities. In May, two individuals, including one facing four counts of murder, escaped from the Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Center by exploiting a gap in a chain-link fence. They remained at large for almost 19 hours before authorities discovered their absence. Both escapees were eventually recaptured. Additionally, in September, a woman briefly escaped the same jail by scaling two fences topped with razor wire.

The Philadelphia community and law enforcement agencies continue to grapple with these recurring incidents, highlighting the need for enhanced security measures and the importance of swift apprehension to prevent further harm to the public.

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