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Suspect flees from custody

Date Posted: 1999-07-24

A suspect being escorted by police to the scene of his alleged robbery, escaped from custody Friday.

At about 3 p.m. police accompanied the suspect to the site where he stole number plates from parked vehicles, but when the officers left the suspect alone in the back seat of the car he jumped into the driverís seat and drove off. Police said the man was in handcuffs.

The police vehicle was later found in Okinawa City, where police began a search of the area. About six hours after the initial escape, the suspect was apprehended by police as he rode in a taxi en route from Kadena.

During his brief escape, the suspect allegedly was involved in a robbery in Ishikawa City. The suspect later confessed to police investigators he was responsible for a string of robberies from October 1998 until this June.

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