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Man who escaped SCV deputies Wednesday found, arrested after late-night search

Suspect found hiding in empty water tank near mobile home park

Posted: May 8, 2014 11:05 p.m.
Updated: May 8, 2014 11:05 p.m.

In this photo released Thursday by the SCV Sheriff's Station, an estimated 88 pounds of methamphetamine is shown after it was recovered during a Wednesday traffic stop. The drugs were recovered from a vehicle driven by a man who escaped deputy custody, but was found and arrested during a search Thursday night.

A man who escaped custody Wednesday by kicking out a window of a sheriff’s cruiser and bolting across Interstate 5 has been found and arrested following a late-night search Thursday, according to a lieutenant with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

The suspect was taken back into custody shortly after 10 p.m. in the mountainous area near Paradise Ranch Mobile Home Park, located north of Templin Highway off Interstate 5, said Lt. Randy Harris of the SCV Sheriff’s Station.

“He was found inside of an empty water tank,” Harris said, adding the man was taken into custody without incident and appears to be OK healthwise after spending more than 24 hours “up there.”

More than eight deputies were involved in the manhunt, as well as at least two officers with the California Highway Patrol and a Sheriff’s Department helicopter.

The search and arrest come after deputies received a tip reporting a sighting of an individual matching the description of a man who escaped deputies Wednesday afternoon after being detained in the same vicinity on suspicion of transporting drugs.

Deputies recovered approximately 88 pounds of methamphetamine from the vehicle he was driving, according to Harris.

The man is being transported back to the SCV Sheriff’s Station to be booked on narcotics-related charges, as well as added charges of vandalism to a radio car and resisting arrest, Lt. Harris said.


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