Man who slipped out of cuffs immediately recaptured

GOWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) – Gowanda Police say a man who attacked a person that was preventing him from reaching a woman who has an order of protection against him slipped out of his cuffs and tried to escape custody.

Officers responded to West Hill Street around 4 p.m. on Thursday where they say Randy Hilliker was attempting to make physical contact with a woman who has an order of protection against him. Authorities say when a person intervened to prevent the 36-year-old from reaching the woman, Hilliker attacked the person, causing noticeable facial injuries.

Police took Hilliker into custody on charges of second degree criminal trespass, first degree criminal contempt and second degree assault.

After being arrested, officers say Hilliker slipped out of his handcuffs and attempted to flee. But he was immediately recaptured.

Hilliker is now additionally charged with third degree escape.

After being arraigned in Town of Persia Court, he was taken to the Cattaraugus County Jail on $4,000 bail. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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