WATCH: Police video shows slaying suspect breaking cuffs and escaping
08 September 2016, 15:07
Las Vegas — A police chief showed video on Wednesday of a Nevada
homicide suspect breaking a set of handcuffs before climbing onto a chair to
remove a ceiling tile and escape from a North Las Vegas police interview room.
Perez is seen twisting and muscling the hinge of the handcuffs attaching his
right wrist to a metal bar on a table bolted to the floor of the North Las
Vegas police office he escaped last Friday.
torques it to the point, using some of his body weight, that it snaps the
hinges," Police Chief Alexander Perez said. The police chief and the
suspect are not related.
video, Alonso Perez returns to his seat, where the police chief said he sat
calmly with his wrist on the bar when a
police detective checked on him. When he was alone again, Alonso Perez climbed
into the ceiling to make his escape.
another 25 minutes before detectives realised
he was gone, the police chief said.
Perez was still wearing ankle chains and the broken cuff on his right wrist
when he dropped back down from the ceiling into a hallway, exited a door and
stole a work truck that had been left idling in a nearby parking lot, Alexander
said a witness told investigators he thought the truck thief was limping.
truck, emblazoned with a rental company name, was recovered a few hours later
abandoned in a neighbourhood several
miles east of downtown Las Vegas.
wasn't far from where the 25-year-old suspect was re-arrested late on Tuesday when police and FBI agents arrived at
an apartment not far from where the truck had been found, the police chief
Perez didn't resist arrest, and the police chief said another person in the apartment
wasn't charged with a crime.
Perez, who also uses the name Alfonso Perez, is the suspect in the August 27
shooting death of Mohammed Robinson outside a McDonald's restaurant in North
Perez wasn't armed when he was arrested
and wasn't wearing the handcuff and ankle chains anymore. The police chief said
detectives are still looking for the weapon believed to have been used in the
have said the fatal argument began with angry words about Robinson not holding
a door open for a woman.
was held overnight at the Clark County jail in Las Vegas pending court
appearances on Thursday on the use of a
firearm, assault and domestic battery charges in a separate case, according to
court records. It wasn't immediately clear if he had a lawyer.
use of a firearm, escape and auto theft charges were added on Wednesday, the
police chief said. Alonzo could face an initial court appearance on those
charges on Friday.
Escape ‘was a first’
police chief said the escape involving broken handcuffs from a police interview
room was the first in his 25 years as an officer in North Las Vegas. He said an
internal investigation is looking at mistakes made. The detectives handling the
interview on Friday are still on the case.
chief said he has already ordered one policy change for when detainees are left
alone in interview rooms. "Someone will monitor the video at all
times," he said.
escape was the second reported this year from a police station in the Las Vegas
April, Ivan Mayoral-Lizarraga fled from a Las Vegas police substation during
questioning in a stolen vehicle investigation. He was arrested about two weeks
later, and pleaded guilty to felony home invasion, assault with a weapon and
escape charges. Mayoral-Lizarraga is serving two to five years in state prison.