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Riverside Inmate Attempts to Escape by Climbing Fence

Riverside inmate and would-be escapee Matthew Hubrins
Riverside inmate and would-be escapee Matthew Hubrins

An inmate attempted to escape from the County Correctional Facility on Wednesday in Riverside around 10:20 a.m.

Matthew Hubrins, 30, who is charged with, among other things, second degree murder, tried to scale an interior fence in a far corner of the jail’s recreational yard, officials said. 

The attempt was foiled by Suffolk County Correction Officer Barbara McFadden.

McFadden had just finished her regular tour on the inside of the recreation yard and had locked the fence. She then saw Hubrins heading toward the far right corner of the yard, where he started to scale the inner fence.

As the inmate climbed, McFadden ordered him to the ground. When he failed to respond, she approached him and again demanded he get down.

Hubbins continued to ignore McFadden's instructions, and she called for back-up support over the radio. Correction Officer Sergeant Richard Schenkman responded to the call, and both approached Hubrins, once again ordering him to get on the ground.

This time, having almost reached the multiple layers of razor wire at the top of the fence, he decided to comply, and he made his way back to the ground.

The officers immediately handcuffed him and led him back into the jail.

Hubrins, a former resident of Huntington, was arrested and brought into custody in June 2012 in connection with the stabbing death of his stepfather, Noel Mohammed, a United States Postal Worker.

“Correction Officers face violent prisoners on a daily basis, and Officer McFadden’s professionalism under these circumstances should be commended," said Sheriff Vincent F. DeMarco in a statement. "She was able to verbally diffuse the situation, protect the safety of her fellow officers and the other inmates, and apprehend the inmate quickly.”




Taxpayer April 30, 2014 at 08:47 PM
Why can a Southampton town employee receive an increase of $14,000 (33%) and a civil service union worker can only receive a 2% raise in 2014 and the same in 2015 except the 2015 increase won't be until MAY. everyone knows this is unfair. Many employees have retired and not replaced therefore most employees are wearing many hats. Unfair, they know it and nothing is ever ever corrected.
steve shea May 04, 2014 at 11:25 AM
I believe I will leave a relevant comment and just say that Officer McFadden did a great job. Good for you, Officer. I hope the Sheriff backs up his suggestion that you receive a commendation. Respectfully,
West Islip Resident May 04, 2014 at 03:54 PM
Sounds like it was all in a days work to me and not really a good job. Like the story said the inmate only stopped when he was confronted with the prospect of razor wire. A hero would have shot a fleeing felon before he made it to the top to ensure he didn't escape.
steve shea May 04, 2014 at 08:30 PM
Fine. Sorry McFadden, to some you're just a civil service lout doing your job. Jeez.

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