Handcuffed inmate escapes from jail

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SAN DIEGO – A 21-year-old robbery suspect is on the loose after he escaped from the San Diego Central Jail downtown.

Angelo PaschallAngelo Paschall was brought to the central jail by two La Mesa police officers Monday and was in the process of being booked when he escaped through an unlocked door. San Diego police, La Mesa police and Sheriff’s deputies used dogs to search for the inmate in the downtown area, specifically targeting a parking structure on 6th and L street, but they could not find him.

Surveillance camera video from Petco Park and MTS show the suspect crossing the street in the afternoon. The search was scaled back when it was believed Paschall was headed south.

Sgt. Brian Stoney from the La Mesa Police Department said Paschall was caught shoplifting at a Burlington Coat Factory in La Mesa.

“When loss prevention clerks at Burlington tried to take him into custody, he fought them and tried to escape,” Stoney said.

What initially began as a misdemeanor shoplifting charge was then upgraded to a felony strong-arm robbery according to Stoney.

“All of his criminal history is theft related, so we don’t have a violent criminal history on him, but he is definitely motivated to get away from the police and get away from anybody who’s trying to take him into custody,” Sgt. Stoney said.

Paschall is described as a black man with brown hair and brown eyes. He’s 6’4” and weighs 175 pounds. He was last seen wearing a white tank top, tan pants and a red San Diego State University hooded sweatshirt.

“As he was running away front he officer it appeared as though he was trying to take the sweatshirt off and you could see a white tank top underneath the sweater,” said Sgt. Stoney. “Anybody who’s thinking of trying to help him, family friends or anybody like that tries to hide him, or get handcuffs off, and we find out about it, we will arrest them and charge them with a felony as well.”

If you have any information about Paschall’s whereabouts, you are asked to call La Mesa Police.

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