Handcuffed inmate escapes sheriff’s bus, is promptly captured in Lakewood, authorities say

A prisoner being transported to court on a sheriff’s department bus briefly escaped custody Thursday morning, officials said.

Few details were immediately available because deputies were still investigating how exactly he was able to run away from the bus, Sgt. Morrow of the Lakewood Sheriff’s station said.

The prisoner escaped just after 7:30 a.m. and was captured within a few minutes at the Home Depot on Hardwick Street in Lakewood. He was handcuffed the entire time, Morrow said.

During the brief search, a helicopter was seen flying around the Lakewood area describing the suspect over a loudspeaker and asking the public to call 911 if they saw him.

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Valerie Osier is the Social Media & Newsletter Manager for the Long Beach Post. She started at the Post in 2018 as a breaking news reporter. She’s a Riverside native who found her love for journalism while at community college. She graduated from the Cal State Long Beach journalism program in 2017 and covered the Palos Verdes Peninsula for the Daily Breeze prior to coming to the Post. She lives in Long Beach with her husband and two cats.