04/29/2015 05:57 EDT | Updated 08/05/2015 11:59 EDT

Prisoner's window escape from Toronto courthouse was brief

A man used his elbow to break a second-storey window at a downtown Toronto courthouse and briefly escape from custody on Wednesday afternoon.

The incident unfolded in seconds at the Old City Hall courthouse in room 116.

A witness told CBC News that an officer was just about to handcuff the man and a second prisoner, when the 30-year-old bolted over the witness box.

The man attempted to use a document holder to smash a window, but then went to a second window where an air conditioner was located.

That's when he broke the window and jumped through it. 

The man was caught minutes later in front of a nearby bus shelter.

A broken window could be seen from the exterior of the courthouse.