GLENS FALLS — The Hudson Falls man who fled from police as he was being escorted from Glens Falls Hospital late Friday was arrested Saturday night by police in Fort Ann.
Police said John B. Fleeman Jr. was spotted in a vehicle on Route 4 in Fort Ann just before 5:30 p.m. and taken into custody. It was unclear Saturday night whether he was still handcuffed, and whether the people in the vehicle with him would face charges.
Fleeman was on run for nearly 20 hours, after he was arrested on a felony probation violation warrant Friday night but fled from Hudson Falls Police who had taken him to the hospital for treatment of an arm injury.
He was hurt when he fought with Hudson Falls Police, and one of the officers involved was injured as well, but not seriously.
Fleeman was treated by Fort Edward Rescue Squad and released back to police, but when taken to Washington County Jail, the jail’s staff asked that he be checked out at Glens Falls Hospital as he complained of pain to the arm.
Hudson Falls Police Chief Scott Gillis said Fleeman had been treated and released back to police custody and was handcuffed when he broke free from officers and ran off. He was last seen behind Glens Falls Civic Center around 9 p.m. Friday, heading east. His arms were handcuffed in front of him, and one arm in a sling.
A search involving multiple agencies went on until after 11 p.m., but police backed off out of concerns for Fleeman’s safety in the cold.
“We had a State Police helicopter and dogs assisting, but he was only wearing a t-shirt and jeans, so we were worried that if he was hunkered down outside he might freeze to death,” Gillis said. “So we scaled it back so he could get to shelter.”
Glens Falls Police, State Police and the Warren County and Washington County sheriff’s offices assisted Hudson Falls Police during the search.
Fleeman, 21, was arrested on a felony probation violation warrant stemming from a 2017 guilty plea to third-degree robbery for a June 2017 mugging of a man on Mohican Street in Glens Falls. He attacked the man, punching him in the face, and stole prescription drugs the victim was carrying.
He was sentenced to 5 years on probation in the case, but had allegedly violated probation and a warrant was issued for his arrest in recent days.
He will now likely face an escape charge as well, and Gillis said he is also being charged with second-degree assault, a felony, and misdemeanor resisting arrest for fighting with Hudson Falls Police when they took him into custody initially.
Gillis said the circumstances of his escape will be reviewed by Hudson Falls Police. He said he understood Fleeman had been wearing leg shackles at one point, but they were taken off in the hospital.
Fleeman was to be arraigned Saturday night.