Wanted man jumps from balcony in failed attempt to elude arrest

From Staff Reports

May 31, 2007 - What should have been a simple warrant arrest resulted in a foot pursuit, which concluded about an hour later with the suspect facing additional charges.

Hopkins County Sheriff's Sgt. Victor Cosme spotted the suspect on Helm Lane and, aware the local man was wanted for surety off bond on a drunk driving charge, made contact with him at 8:34 p.m. The man acted as if to comply with the officer, noting he needed to put on some shoes.

But instead of going inside a second-story apartment to don some shoes, he went in through the front door and through the apartment to the patio, where he jumped off the balcony and took off running.

After searching for about 30 minutes, officers learned the suspect had entered the apartment of someone who was not at home. After knocks on the door were unsuccessful in drawing the man out, the apartment manager authorized officers to kick in the door. Once inside, officers found the man hiding in the closet.

The young man was arrested at 9:54 p.m. by reserve deputy Alvin Jordan and Cosme on the warrant, as well as for evading arrest or detention, burglary of a habitation and resisting arrest.

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