RICHMOND, VA—With the help of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force, the Richmond Police Department has regained custody of the man who ran from them Thursday.
At approximately 7:00 a.m. today, members of the Task Force located Kip Merle Rannels, 20, hiding in a residence in the 1800 block of Southlawn Avenue in Hillside Court. Rannels attempted to escape by jumping from a window of the residence but was quickly captured. The handcuffs he was wearing when was initially arrested Thursday were located in the residence.
At approximately 4:30 p.m. Thursday Rannels, whose last known address is the 2100 block of North 25th Street, pulled loose and ran away from an officer as the officer was removing Rannels from a police wagon at the city jail lockup at 400 North 9th Street.
Rannels has been charged with escape. He was initially arrested on charges of burglary and grand larceny.
Other charges could be brought as detectives investigate who may have assisted Rannels during his time as a fugitive.
Anyone with any information about this case is asked to call Detective Calvin Layne at (804) 646-0698 or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000. Citizens can also text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word "ITip" followed by your tip. Both methods are anonymous.
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