Philadelphia prisoner escape: Officials “just missed" Alleem Bordan sighting in West Philly, sources say

Law enforcement is closing in on capturing yet another prisoner who has been on the loose since early Monday morning after escaping police custody. 

Alleem Bordan, 29, escaped from Temple University Episcopal Hospital at 100 East Lehigh Avenue in Kensington after being discharged at around 6:42 a.m.

The U.S. Marshals have now stepped in to assist in the search for Bordan. 

Philadelphia Police, joined by the US Marshals, rushed to the intersection of 52nd and Parkside just after 4 p.m after it was confirmed that Bordan was seen in the area. 

One source told FOX 29’s Chris O’Connell "they just missed him".


Philadelphia prisoner escape: Search for Alleem Bordan who fled from hospital in handcuffs

Alleem Bordan, 29, was in custody for a vehicle theft and escaped while being discharged from a hospital in Kensington Monday morning.

With rainy weather forecasted Tuesday and Wednesday, officials believe it could force him to flee inside somewhere.

However, US Marshals say they will be on the streets searching for Bordan through the night. 

U.S. Marshal Supervisory Deputy Robert Clark provided a detailed update Wednesday afternoon on the "confident" efforts to catch Bordan after the close capture Tuesday.

On February 26, the day of Bordan’s escape, at 6:58 a.m. video confirmed him walking on the 2700 block of Hope Street before he entered a residence.

At 7:11 am, he exited the residence still handcuffed,entered a gold Honda and drove off the block. He was then charged with escape that night.

As a result of background research and reviews of criminal history, they were able to identify a known address he frequents on the 5300 block of West Columbia Avenue. 

At 3:15 p.m. Tuesday, February 27, ten U.S. Marshals approached the residence and  immediately upon knocking, a male matching Bordan’s description sprinted out of the back of the house and jumped down a 30 foot embankment onto SEPTA train tracks and ran north. 

Investigators were unable to cut off his route to escape. Clark said it was too risky for officers to jump the embankment and the rainy weather made efforts more difficult.  

After officials interviewed the residents at the home on Hope Street, they were able to confirm Bordan was the person who fled the home. 

Since he fled there have been no other confirmed sightings of the escapee. 

After further investigating, Clark explained that the suspect may have access to firearms, may have mental health issues and is a known narcotics' user. 

Officials described  him as "passively armed, dangerous and undoubtedly desperate."

The U.S. Marshals have issued a $2500 cash reward for anyone who helps provide information that leads to his arrest.

If you happen to see Bordan, officials urge you to call 9-1-1. Do not try to restrain him. 

Police say the prisoner fled from two officers while walking back to their patrol vehicle. He then ran on Lehigh Street, through a gas station, and onto Hancock Street before video lost sight of him.

"The officers were walking him back to their vehicle when he ran from officers and escaped from custody" said Philadelphia Police Deputy Commissioner Frank Vanore.

Video obtained by FOX 29's Kelly Rule shows the prisoner sprinting through a parking lot with his hands cuffed behind his back.

Police say an intense search ensued shortly after, but they lost his trail and were unable to find him.

Bordan was in custody for stealing a vehicle from a food delivery driver last week, according to authorities.

He was found asleep in the car, and attempted to drive off as police took him into custody, ramming into a patrol vehicle.

After complaining about pain during processing, Bordan was taken for treatment at the hospital where the escape occurred.

Bordan is no stranger to the law. He was charged in 2020 with attempted escape in Cambria County. He is also scheduled to stand trial in May for aggravated assault in Delaware County. 

He has addresses in West Philadelphia, and is described as being 5 feet 6 inches, 145 pounds with braids and a beard, wearing a blue and black plaid shirt over a black T-shirt and jeans.

Although he was handcuffed at the time of his escape, police say it is possible he may not be at this time. He is not considered dangerous.

Police ask you to call 911 if you have seen Bordan or know where he is located.