A prisoner who made a daring night escape from the city’s floating prison, which led to an intense manhunt in five boroughs, left behind a guard challenge note because they weren’t good enough at checking his cell, a source who law enforcement told the Post.
Looking at David Mordukhaev’s face when he was … finally caught in Brooklyn told it all.
“His eyes were very scared … like he wanted to fight and kill someone,” a witness told the Post.
Mordukhaev, 30, was last seen in his cell at the Vernon C. Bain correctional facility at 8:24 p.m. Friday, the source said.
It took guards eight hours to realize that he had tied a long, knotted rope to his bed frame and got his 5-foot 8,220-pound frame out of the window, according to the source.
When staff finally checked Mordukhaev’s cell, they found a sheet blocking the door, the rope, burning marks on the window frame and a note on the wall.
“Special research just searched my cell and did not check the window,” Mordukhaev, 30, wrote, according to the source.
Federal investigators – apparently investigating Mordukhaev staff – called around 1 am asking prison staff to check the prisoner. The source said prison guards claimed that Mordukhaev was responsible.
The FBI called a second time, at 4:35 am, and then prison staff realized the prisoner was gone – and found the note.
The source said, Mordukhaev, who was jailed for theft, was picked up at the nearby Fulton fish market in a Mercedes Benz. There were reports of drone activity at the time.
He was captured later by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Federal Office of the Inspector General and the NYPD in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, just before 5 p.m., a source said.
Six full police vans crashed into a large apartment block at 79 Brighton 11th Street, where residents say the escape was hidden on the third floor.
“They were quiet. They found what they came for and left,” a resident told police.
The prisoner tried to plead his innocence and demanded his freedom, said a mother and daughter who live in the building.
“I look out my window and see four or five officers, hiding. They handcuffed him and started screaming. He was screaming like crazy, “he told the Post.
“She was angry. He said, ‘Oh, I didn’t do anything. Please don’t arrest me. ‘She was very upset,’ her daughter said. ‘She said,‘ Please let me go now. I did not do anything. ‘”
The two called Mordukhaev “Chubby” and could not believe that he was out of his cell window.
‘It’s too big for that. Maybe a 12-year-old can get through that. It’s too big, ’the mother said.
The mother added: “I told my mother after I got the citizen app that she could be around and look, I was right.”
But Mordukhaev did not return to the city jail where he escaped: the prisoner returned to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the source noted.