A Washington man who was bound in handcuffs and shackles escaped yesterday from a D.C. halfway house but was captured several hours later, police said. It was the second escape incident involving a D.C. inmate in two days.

Correctional officers decided to move Nathaniel Smith, 38, to the D.C. jail, a more secure setting, after he was found in possession of cocaine at the halfway house in the 1400 block of New York Avenue NE, said D.C. Department of Corrections spokesman Darryl J. Madden. Smith had been awaiting trial on marijuana distribution charges, police said.

At 4:30 p.m., while waiting to be moved, Smith jumped out of a first-floor window at the halfway house, Madden said.

At 10:15 p.m., police found him hiding, free of shackles, under a bed at his home in the 600 block of Edgewood Terrace NE, said D.C. police Lt. Garret Baxter. Smith's wife let officers inside, Baxter said.

On Saturday, a D.C. jail inmate who was being treated at D.C. General Hospital wrestled a gun from a corrections officer. Police exchanged gunfire with James Nero, 41, outside the hospital and shot him in the leg and shoulder. He later was arrested.

In June, Shane S. DeLeon, the Northwest Washington man charged in the hit-and-run death of an American University student, walked away from the same halfway house from which Smith escaped. DeLeon later was arrested while waiting to board a bus to Ocean City, Md. He eventually pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and escape from the halfway house.