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PHOENIX (KSAZ) -

Mesa Police recaptured a suspect who slipped from their custody the day before and when he was captured again, someone caught it on camera and that video has a lot of people talking.

It began when a suspect barricaded himself inside a Mesa business Wednesday. Police and SWAT teams later got him to surrender, but it didn't end there. The suspect was able to walk out of a hospital and get away before Mesa officers later caught up with him at a Phoenix intersection.
    
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Mesa Police caught up with the suspect at 44th Street and Broadway where they arrested him a second time. And it's where that witness was, driving on his way to work when he saw the police cars swoop in, he recorded the whole thing.

A driver in the area, shot video of the arrest Thursday morning. In the video, you see an officer run over a man apparently face down on the ground with another officer on top of him. Then you see both officers punching the man.

"Why are they punching him... why are they," said Dustin Fairchild. That's the man behind the camera asking those questions out loud, the answers are still unknown tonight.

Mesa Police say this all started a day earlier when the suspect tried to cash a stolen check then ran into an empty building to elude police. He then barricaded himself inside and held police and the SWAT team at bay.

He was eventually arrested without any major incident, then taken to the hospital to be treated for minor injuries. But Mesa Police say the man somehow walked out of the hospital unnoticed and eventually made his way to Phoenix, where Mesa Police caught up with him Thursday morning.

"This guy is screaming, they just banged his head against the ground, elbowed him a couple times" said Fairchild.

The man behind the camera says he saw both the suspects arms behind his back, before police began punching him. The video then cuts to a shot of the suspects bloodied face. Mesa Police have not released any details about the moments leading up to this arrest nor have they released the suspects name.

Mesa Police say they're aware that this video is out there, but say it's too soon to comment on it. Police say they haven't had a chance to review the video or the reports about the incident.

We're told the suspect is in a hospital and is still in custody. We're hoping to learn more about what happened in the moments before the camera started recording on Friday.

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