Escaped inmate Harry Chandler Jr. captured in Pittsfield


PITTSFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – People living in the Berkshire County city of Pittsfield are resting a bit easier Thursday night now that an escaped inmate is back in police custody.

Berkshire County Sheriff Thomas Bowler told 22News, “Our medical team and mental health team are assessing his situation right now.”

Sheriff Bowler said fugitive Harry Chandler Jr. surrendered to police without incident.

The 33-year-old has a long, violent criminal past and was already facing several felonies. Now he’ll face new charges after eluding police for the past four days.

Sheriff Bowler explained, “We had almost every day since Monday afternoon anywhere from 30 to 50 police officers saturating the city of Pittsfield.”

Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer told 22News, “The Pittsfield Police Department played a significant role in this partnership with all the other law enforcement agencies.”

In fact, several agencies helped in the search, including the Sheriff’s office, FBI, State and local police.

Sheriff Bowler said the public also helped. They received hundreds of tips, including the one that pointed them in the direction of a home on Robbins Avenue in Pittsfield.

Chandler escaped from a medical facility in Pittsfield on Monday, after overpowering an officer with the Berkshire County Sheriff’s office. Chandler was being treated at the hospital for a hand infection. Now he’s back in custody at the Berkshire County Jail.

Sheriff Bowler said Chandler will likely be arraigned Friday morning in district court.

Watch the entire Berkshire County Sheriff’s news conference in the video below.

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