A prisoner escaped custody for a brief period Thursday in Iqaluit as he was being taken to court.

RCMP were arriving with 32-year old Peter Takpanie at the Nunavut Court of Justice when he got away.

Police said he was found under a near by building and re-apprehended within minutes.

They said at no time was the public at risk and they also thanked members of the public for their assistance.

Takpanie was scheduled to make a first appearance in court yesterday for assault with a weapon causing bodily harm and other charges

He will now face additional charges.