California Sheriff’s Deputy on Run for 3 Days Arrested

30 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Arrested deputy escapes; allegations include brandishing gun at 12-year-old girl.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a Kern County sheriff’s deputy who allegedly flashed a gun at a 12-year-old girl and escaped from a patrol car while handcuffed. Edward Tucker, a 44-year-old deputy who was arrested twice last week and believed to be under the influence of methamphetamine both times, was captured at 3:20 p.m. near Oildale, according to Ray Pruitt, a sheriff’s office spokesman. Tucker, an 18-year veteran, had been on leave for a year when he allegedly confronted a group of girls and flashed the gun Saturday night in Bakersfield.

On Tuesday evening, Tucker slipped his handcuffs and managed to open the back door of a patrol vehicle after reaching through an open back window of the vehicle parked in the garage of the downtown jail. Youngblood said Thursday morning an administrative investigation has been launched into the actions of two deputies who were so focused on a computer and filling out paperwork before booking Tucker that they didn’t notice him escape. “The question at the forefront of my mind is, ’Why weren’t you paying attention to this suspect in a car,’” Youngblood said at a press conference held at sheriff’s headquarters Thursday morning. Youngblood would later watch a video that showed Tucker slipping his handcuffs before quietly pulling open the door handle from the outside and crouching as he slowly walked away. Inside, deputies found five handguns, one of which was loaded with inoperable training ammunition, two shotguns and an assault rifle, sheriff’s officials said. Deputies also found a small amount of what appeared to be methamphetamine. “This is a dangerous person we have looking for,” Youngblood said. “We have gone all out … pulled out all the stops.

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