ATTLEBORO — Authorities are seeking an undocumented Mexican immigrant who escaped from police while handcuffed Sunday night by darting across four lanes of traffic on Route 1 in South Attleboro, officials said.
The suspect, identified as Alejandro Escobar, 23, is wanted on a warrant charging him with receiving stolen property, larceny, resisting arrest, driving without a license, being disorderly and driving an uninsured car.
Escobar is 5-feet 8-inches tall, 140 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a gray jacket and black pants.
Escobar was stopped by police about 7:30 p.m. Sunday on Route 1 at Bacon Street for a traffic violation, according to Police Chief Kyle Heagney.
During a subsequent investigation, police discovered the license plates on the Rhode Island registered car were reported stolen. The driver did not have a license and gave police what turned out to be an alias, Heagney said.
Escobar was removed from the vehicle, handcuffed and searched by the officer.
During the search, the officer had to release his grasp from Escobar’s arm while attempting to remove something in the suspect’s jeans pocket, the chief said, adding the officer had to use both hands because the jeans were so tight.
At that time, Escobar quickly lunged forward and sprinted away from the officer, Heagney said.
“The suspect then recklessly dashed across Route 1 dodging vehicles, which were traveling at high rates of speed,” the chief said in a statement, adding that Escobar was almost struck by several cars.
The officer, whose name was not released, had to stop to avoid being struck by vehicles on the highway.
Once the vehicles passed, the officer made it safely across the road and continue the foot pursuit.
“The officer gave chase. However, the suspect was notably fleet of foot,” Heagney said.
Escobar was last seen running toward the Courtesy Mitsubishi dealership and then down Collins Street.
Attleboro police searched the area with the help of state and Pawtucket police. K-9 units from Seekonk and Rhode Island State Police also responded, but the suspect eluded capture.
The police chief said Escobar is a Mexican citizen and is believed to be in the United States illegally. It was also learned that Escobar was wanted in Rhode Island on a warrant charging him with stealing a motor vehicle.