David Mordukhaev, 30, an inmate with possible ties to the Russian mob, slipped out of the window of the Vernon C. Bain Correction Center, a floating prison barge in the Bronx, near the Hunts Point Market, DOC officials confirmed. Authorities captured the escapee late Saturday afternoon.
Suspected of having stripped out of his prison uniform, Mordukhaev was discovered missing from his housing unit at 4:30 a.m. The facility immediately went into lockdown and a search for the inmate began.
“Our Correction Intelligence Bureau immediately began working around-the-clock with our law enforcement partners at multiple levels,” DOC spokesman Peter Thorne said. “No escape from our facilities is ever acceptable and we are taking every step to locate and return this individual to custody.”
Thorne added, “A thorough investigation into how this occurred is underway to ensure that this does not happen again, and disciplinary action, if warranted, will be taken at the conclusion of the investigation.”
It’s possible David Mordukhaev may have had a car waiting for him as part of a planned getaway, sources said. The guard involved apparently went out sick before he could be suspended, the sources added.
The escaped inmate was sentenced in December 2013 to 65 months in prison for his involvement in a plot to steal narcotics from a pharmacy in Marlboro Township, N.J., and sell the stolen narcotics, such as Oxycodone for cash, then-U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced at the time. David Mordukhaev also once allegedly impersonated a cop, police added.
Mordukhaev was arrested in April 2020 after he and another suspect flashed police badges as they approached a man in an SUV in Brooklyn and took off with $340 of the man’s money and a stash of marijuana. When the victim realized the two weren’t cops, he tried to follow them in his car, cops said. Mordukhaev’s car was later found crashed on Ocean Avenue in Brooklyn, police said.
The inmate’s lawyer, Lance Lazzaro, claims the escaped inmate is a “respectful straight shooter who always told me the truth.” Lazzaro has also helped to rep Mordukhaev in previous cases.
David Mordukhaev is described by police as white, about 5-foot-8, and 220 pounds.
Not a known facility to most New Yorkers, The Bain Center is a five-story jail barge that houses medium to maximum security inmates in 16 dormitories and 100 cells, according to the Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association.
The boat was ordered back in 1988 when the city’s jail population was about 22,000 and booming due to the crack epidemic. Only 5,400 inmates remain in the city’s jails, but Bain is still there. Former inmates of The Bain Center have previously referred to the barge as a “slave ship.”
The 625-foot long Barge is docked on the southern end of the Bronx across the river from Rikers Island, one of the world’s largest correctional institutions and mental institutions. Mordukhaev was being held on $1.5 million bail.