Police continue hunt for man who escaped custody

EDISON - Law enforcement officials at the federal, state and local levels are continuing a manhunt for a Bronx man who escaped custody in Fort Lee today.

According to police, Jose Rodgriguez, 27, of the Bronx, was pulled over by three cops from the NYPD Regional Fugitive Task Force after they followed him across the George Washington Bridge.

Officials say Rodriguez was handcuffed, shackled and put in the back of an unmarked gray Ford Fusion. Police say when the cops turned around, Rodriguez got into the front seat of the police car, put it in gear and sped off.

Police say he is a suspect in a Bronx shooting on Nov. 1.

The NYPD is describing Rodriguez as 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing 180 pounds. Cops say he was wearing a blue shirt with gray sweatpants and white sneakers.

Anyone with information is asked to call the New York City Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS.

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