Philadelphia prisoner escape: Suspected accomplice accused of picking up teen fugitive after escape charged

Authorities say a suspected accomplice accused of helping 17-year-old fugitive Shane Pryor flee from police has been charged. 

Michael Diggs is accused of picking up Pryor in a Ford Fusion moments after he fled from police during a medical visit at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Diggs, 18, has been charged with several crimes, including Hindering Apprehension, Escape and Criminal Conspiracy. 

Deputy Frank Vanore said Pryor was uncuffed and with two prison staff members when he managed to exit a vehicle in the Emergency Room parking lot and escape.

U.S. Marshals shared video on Thursday that shows Pryor alone in the lobby of the Hub for Clinical Collaboration minutes after he fled from custody. 

During a discussion with the front desk receptionist, authorities said Pryor asked for and was denied use of a phone, and calmly exited the building.

Pryor then told a person on the street that he had just been involved in a fight and asked to use their cell phone, which authorities say he used to call Diggs.

Pryor was allegedly picked up by Diggs in a cream-colored Ford Fusion on the 3500 block of Civic Boulevard around 12:20 p.m. and the pair left University City. 


Philadelphia prisoner escape: Video shows teen fugitive alone in hospital building lobby moments after escape

Investigators shared video of teen fugitive Shane Pryor in a hospital building lobby moments after he fled from custody Wednesday afternoon.

Just after 1 p.m., investigators say the pair were observed on video at the intersection of Mascher Street and Godfrey Avenue, and left the area together around 2 p.m.

Hours later, police say Diggs was alone in the Ford when it was stopped just after 6:30 p.m. on the 200 block of East Logan Street. 

U.S. Marshal Supervisory Deputy Robert Clark said investigators believe Pryor is still in Philadelphia, and they're looking into his past connections to Mayfair.

"Right now we're trying to shrink his world down, we're trying to cut off his resources, and we're trying to cut off every avenue of escape he may have," Clark said.

Investigators are confident that Pryor is receiving help while on the lam, which prompted Clark to issue a stern warning to anyone who aids the runaway teen fugitive.

"Within six hours, our Fugitive Task Force identified and located Michael Diggs, the getaway driver for Shane Pryor who I stated early was charged with multiple felonies, this should demonstrate our resolve and seriousness in prosecuting anyone that is aiding in Pryor's flight."

Pryor is awaiting trial after he and another teen were charged in the 2020 shooting death of a 54-year-old woman in a Northeast Philadelphia alleyway. 

Pryor, who police list at 5-foot-7, 150 pounds, was last seen wearing a blue sweatshirt and sweatpants with slide-type shoes. 

A $5K reward has been issued for his capture. Police are warning anyone helping Pryor will also face charges.