Saturday, December 16, 2006

Escapee charged with stealing handcuffs

(AP) CLINTON, Iowa — A would-be Houdini faces escape and theft charges after slipping away from Clinton police while still in handcuffs. The theft charge is for taking the handcuffs.


David Lee Griffin, 19, of Clinton, and two other suspects were arrested about 1 a.m. Wednesday after stealing items from cars in the 800 block alley between 5th and 6th avenues south in Clinton, according to court records.


Griffin was brought to the Clinton Police Department with his hands cuffed behind his back and placed in an interview room. He managed to get his hands in front of him when he was left alone in the interview room, then left the room and slipped out a side door of the police station, still wearing the handcuffs, according to court records.


Police officers spotted Griffin going into a nearby residence and took him into custody, adding misdemeanor charges of escape and fifth-degree theft to the misdemeanor charge of third-degree burglary he already was facing.


Griffin was being held Wednesday in the Clinton County Jail on $1,950 bond.

Story confirmed via the Quad-City Times

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