November 2, 2006 in Nation/World

Jail jumpsuit a bad costume choice

Associated Press The Spokesman-Review
 

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – A jail went into lockdown and recounted its prisoners on Halloween night after a former inmate was spotted trick-or-treating in his old orange prisoner’s jumpsuit.

“Bad choice of costume,” said Susan Tolchin, chief adviser to Westchester County Executive Andrew Spano.

The former inmate, Oscar Aponte, was taking his daughter trick-or-treating in Peekskill on Tuesday night when a county correction officer – also out trick-or-treating with her child – spotted the familiar jumpsuit, Tolchin said.

“She confronted him, and he ran and drove off,” Tolchin said. The officer took down the man’s license plate and called authorities.

The jail went into lockdown until a prisoner count established that no one was missing. Meanwhile, police found Aponte, confiscated the genuine jumpsuit and let him go.

Charges against Aponte were under consideration. Tolchin said prisoners are not permitted to take their jumpsuits home when they are released.

Aponte was in the jail from May to September for violating probation on a drunken driving charge.

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