RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Richmond Police are still ‘actively’ searching for a handcuffed suspect who escaped police custody by kicking open a patrol car door Monday afternoon.
Officers are trying to locate 38-year-old Ammer Ali, of Newport News, after he fled from a police SUV after being detained on a drug warrant at the Richmond Greyhound Bus Terminal.
The escape occurred at approximately 3:40 p.m. near the intersection of Leigh and Belvidere streets in the city’s Carver community. Although handcuffed with his hands behind his back and buckled into the back passenger-side seat, a police spokesperson said Ali was able to move his manacled hands to the front of his body, unbuckle the seatbelt, unlatch the side door and escape.
RPD officers established a perimeter in the area but were unable to locate Ali. Officers on Tuesday are conducting increased patrols in that area.
A video sent to 8News Monday night showed the man running through the Carver neighborhood with his hands still handcuffed in front of him.
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“Kind of crazy, kind of irresponsible for the police to, you know, just let that happen,” Carver resident Fethi Ali said.
“It’s crazy how this man kicked open a police door,” fellow resident Courtney Foster added. “There was many cops out here. So, I think it’s nice that they have high security for this but it’s still a little alarming.”
The department said in a release it will review the incident to determine if the transporting officer had followed proper transport protocols.
Ali is described as a 5-foot-11, 215-pound light-skinned black male with short hair and a beard. He was last seen wearing a light blue shirt and blue jeans.
“Anyone who spots the escapee should call 911 immediately,” police said in a release. “Do not approach him. While he is being sought for a non-violent warrant, he did tell officers he did not want to return to prison.”