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A man escapes from the back of a patrol vehicle

KCSO searches for a man who escaped from their custody
Posted at 11:57 PM, Oct 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-21 02:57:47-04

We have new details surrounding a man who escaped from sheriff deputies on Monday night.

Sheriff detectives are still looking for 27-year-old Charles Wilson who was able to somehow break out of the patrol car and flee on foot.

At around 8:30 Monday night deputies were responding to a subject who was possibly in possession of a stolen car and attempting to steal another vehicle.

According to the sheriff's department when deputies arrived, Wilson was arrested but it was during this time that Swanson with the sheriff's department believes Wilson was able to get out on his own, without any assistance. Lt. Swanson also said they believe that all protocols were followed and there were no violations of standard procedures, while everything was done appropriately.

He adds that getting out of a patrol car is very rare. He says,“the door knobs have been removed from our patrol cars, along with the locking mechanisms in the back that anyone could manipulate. So it’s very very hard to get out we do have people try on a regular basis by kicking doors by kicking windows. But they usually don’t succeed.”

The sheriff's department says they are examining the patrol car to see how /Wilson was able to escape, as he was handcuffed. All windows were rolled up and intact. Again, this is an ongoing investigation and anyone with information is asked to call the Kern County Sherriff’s office. Swanson adds that they believe Wilson is unarmed. Additional charges will be added when he is found.