Department of Corrections and Community Supervision

New York State
Department of Correctional Services
Glenn S. Goord, Commissioner

Office of Public Information
[518] 457-8182

For immediate release:

Monday, April 25, 2005


A New York City murderer serving a disciplinary housing sentence at the maximum-security Upstate Correctional Facility in Malone escaped Monday afternoon from custody at the Albany Medical Center where he was undergoing treatment.

The escapee is Rimell Mitchell, 26, a black male who weighs 170 pounds and stands 5 feet, 11 inches tall (height chart is incorrect in attached photo). He has black hair and brown eyes. He has tattoos on his left arm and left fingers. He was last seen wearing state-issued olive green pants and a white tee shirt and white sneakers. He left behind the olive green shirt he was wearing.

Two Officers from the maximum-security Clinton left the prison in Dannemora at 6 a.m. today transporting Mitchell and a second inmate in a van to the hospital in Albany, arriving at 9:20 a.m. Inmates are held by officers in a small, single-story building adjacent to the hospital until other officers move them inside for their appointments. While the second inmate was brought into the hospital, Mitchell remained in the holding building. He was last seen at 3 p.m. and reported missing at 3:15 p.m.

The Albany Police Department is serving as the lead agency in the search for Mitchell, assisted by the Division of State Police and this Department. The Albany PD has set up a command center within the hospital complex.

Mitchell is serving a Queens County sentence of 21-years-to-life for second-degree murder, first-degree robbery, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and first-degree promotion of prison contraband.

He has been in disciplinary housing since May 10, 2004, for an incident at Auburn in which he attacked another inmate with a weapon. He was transferred to Upstate to serve that disciplinary sentence. Since his arrival at Upstate on June 14, 2004, seven additional incidents of misbehavior have extended his disciplinary sentence through Oct. 8, 2010. His 27 incidents of prison misbehavior include incidents of assaulting staff, fighting with other inmates, refusing direct orders, illegal drug possession, being out of place, smuggling, possession of a weapon and violation of correspondence rules.

Photo of Mitchell