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Burglary Suspect Escapes but Is Captured

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May 09, 1997

A burglary suspect who ran off while still handcuffed as officers were taking him into the Los Angeles Police Department's West Valley station for booking was recaptured about three hours later in the neighborhood, according to authorities.

The name of the suspect--described only as a 29-year-old man--was not available, LAPD spokesman Don Cox said.

The man took off running about 4 p.m. as the officers got him out of the patrol car and were leading him into the station at 19020 Vanowen St. in Reseda, police said. About 50 officers aided by dogs searched several blocks in the neighborhood north of Vanowen and east of Wilbur Avenue--including residents' backyards. Residents were warned to remain inside.

The officers finally found the man about 7:15 p.m., hiding in a trash can near Wystone Avenue and Bassett Street, Cox said.

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