A strait-jacketed Chester County inmate escaped from custody late Monday afternoon, stealing a security guard’s gun and leading authorities on a 90-minute chase before he was recaptured.
21-year-old Bradley Bianco was being treated for unspecified injuries (officials say they cannot reveal why due to privacy laws) at Chester Regional Medical Center when he stole a security guard’s gun and fled the facility just after 4 p.m., according to Sheriff Richard Smith. Smith said no shots were ever fired, correcting an earlier report suggesting Bianco had shot the gun once.
Deputies called in a K-9 team from the York County Sheriff’s Office and helicopters from the State Law Enforcement Division to assist with the search. They cornered Bianco around 5:30 p.m. in some nearby woods.
Bianco was an inmate at the Chester County Detention facility on charges of domestic violence and violating parole.
Andrew Kiel of Rock Hill station WRHI contributed to this report