A 16-year-old girl, held on several felony charges, escaped last night from Rikers Island according to the City Department of Corrections.
The girl was identified has Linda Catapano of Staten Island. The correction official said she was being tracked by blood hounds and the harbor patrol. She had been held since August 9th on charges that include possession of a dangerous weapon, theft of a vehicle and possession of stolen property.
Excerpt from The New York Times 8/29/77