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A robbery suspect caught without bail in a New York City prison has died hours after allegedly throwing himself several stories into the East River as part of an “attempt to escape”.

Gregory Acevedo, who was detained at the Vernon C. Bain Center (VCBC) – a maritime facility called “The Boat” – died Tuesday, the New York City Department of Correction (DOC) confirmed.


The 48-year-old was remanded in custody on February 27 on a first-degree felony charge, but online records show Acevedo was also on parole for attempted second-degree murder.

The cause of his death is being probed, pending confirmation from the office of the Chief Medical Examiner. Acevedo was pronounced dead at Mount Sinai Hospital at around 10:59 p.m.

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“The tragic passing of Mr. Acevedo is a great loss,” DOC Commissioner Luis A. Molina said in a statement on Wednesday. “We are conducting a preliminary investigation into the incident. Our condolences and prayers are with his loved ones at this difficult time.”

Acevedo’s death represents the 14th custodial death of the Department of Corrections this year.

According to a DOC press release, “all custodial deaths are investigated by the State Attorney General’s Office and the NYC Investigations Department.”

A law enforcement source told Fox News Digital that the incident did not occur on Rikers Island and was not drug-related. Acevedo jumped over the barge of the prison into the East River.

Vernon C. on Rikers Island in the Bronx.  View of Manhattan from Bain Correctional Center.

The New York Post, also citing sources, reported that Acevedo climbed over the fence of an amusement yard, then under razor wire and threw himself downstream in the river at around 11:44 a.m. Tuesday. Internal records cited by the outlet said he refused to take on several lifeguards thrown by prison staff. He was pulled out of the water about 10 minutes later by the NYPD’s Harbor Unit and was unresponsive. He died in hospital 11 hours later after initially being listed in critical condition.

Acevedo’s attorney, Warren Silverman, said DOC did not immediately contact him about the incident.

Rikers Island Vernon C. in Hunts Point.  Bain Center Jail Barge.

“At this point, I don’t know if they even bothered to contact anyone,” Silverman told the outlet. “Once again, his system failed. I mean, he shouldn’t have gotten into any position where he could have hurt himself, and clearly he dropped the ball as usual.”

A DOC spokesperson called the incident an “escape attempt,” according to the Post.