DOC: Bed-Stuy murder suspect apprehended following mistaken release from Rikers Island

Police say Buggs was behind bars for fatally shooting a 55-year-old man in front of a bodega in Bed-Stuy in 2018.

News 12 Staff

Apr 16, 2021, 6:45 PM

Updated 1,136 days ago

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DOC: Bed-Stuy murder suspect apprehended following mistaken release from Rikers Island
The Department of Correction says a man who was released from Rikers Island due to a clerical error was apprehended Friday. 
Deputy Commissioner of Public Information Peter Thorne released a statement saying, "Commissioner Brann announced today that after an intensive manhunt DOC’s Corrections Intelligence Bureau and the US Marshall’s Regional Fugitive Task Force apprehended accused murderer Christopher Buggs who had been erroneously discharged from custody last month. We hope that Mr. Buggs’ swift return to Rikers Island provides some comfort to the victim’s family."
According to the Department of Correction, 26-year-old Christopher Buggs was “prematurely released” from the jail complex.
Police say Buggs was behind bars for fatally shooting a 55-year-old man in front of a bodega in Bed-Stuy in 2018.
Buggs was being held at Rikers Island for second-degree murder and criminal possession charges while awaiting trial.
The NYPD says he has 31 prior arrests.


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