Handcuffed escapee caught in Philadelphia after a month on the run

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — An escaped prisoner who was caught on video running away from police in handcuffs was captured in Philadelphia Monday.

Virginia State Police said with the assistance of multiple agencies and police departments, Ameer Ali, 38, who escaped from a police vehicle in August, was located and arrested Monday.

Ali is being charged with obstruction of justice, destruction of property, petit larceny, failure to appear, conspiracy to distribute cocaine, and possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

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The escape occurred at about 3:40 p.m. near the intersection of Leigh and Belvidere streets in the city’s Carver community on Monday, Aug. 19.

Police said Ali was handcuffed with his hands behind his back and buckled into the back passenger-side seat. Though restrained, Ali managed to escape by maneuvering his hands to the front of his body, unbuckling his seatbelt and escaping through the side door, according to police.

A video sent to 8News showed Ali running through the Carver neighborhood with his hands still handcuffed in front of him.

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Police thanked the community for their help in Ali’s arrest.

“We would like to thank everyone who contributed in locating Ameer Ali,” said Fourth Precinct Commander Daniel Minton.” We knew with the kind of resources that were available, it was only a matter of time that Ali would be located.”

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