New York City police arrested a fugitive who escaped from a Manhattan courthouse a day earlier after he was mistaken for a lawyer.

Police say Ronald Tackman was arrested Thursday evening after police spotted him coming off a bus in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan.

He was taken into custody without incident and will face additional charges of escape.

Tackman was brought to court from the Rikers Island jail Wednesday for an appearance on a string of robbery charges.

He had been wearing a business suit when a court officer spotted him and mistook him for an attorney.

The 54-year-old had schemed unsuccessfully before to get out of custody during his lengthy criminal career, which dates back to 1978.

An after-hours call to Tackman's attorney Joseph Heinzmann was not immediately returned.

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