Handcuffed Rape Suspect Escapes

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    Contra Costa County Sheriff
    Patrick Libby was still in handcuffs when somehow got away from authorities just before he was to be booked for suspicion of rape.

    A Brentwood man who escaped from police custody Tuesday night has  been caught and booked into county jail, a Contra Costa County sheriff's  spokesman said today.
        

    Patrick Libbey, 22, has been booked into county jail on suspicion  of oral copulation with a child under 16 and two counts of unlawful sexual  intercourse with a minor. He has also been booked for obstructing a police  officer in connection with his escape Tuesday night, sheriff's spokesman  Jimmy Lee said.

    His bail has been set at $113,000.

    Libbey escaped at about 8:35 p.m. as Brentwood police officers  were getting ready to book him into county jail in Martinez.

    The officers had Libbey in the sally port at the jail when he  somehow managed to slip out the gate as it was closing, Lee said.

    Libbey was handcuffed behind his back, but managed to outrun  police and elude them until about 8 a.m. today when a citizen in Concord  spotted him at a shopping center on Port Chicago Highway at Olivera Road.

    Concord police responded and arrested him after a short pursuit.

    Libbey had put different clothing over the clothes he had escaped  in, possibly to disguise himself, and had removed the handcuffs.

    Lee said the sheriff's office, which books about 30,000 inmates  into county jail annually, has a procedure for preventing escapes.  Investigators were still working today to determine whether that procedure  was being followed when Libbey escaped.

    Lee also noted that Libbey did not actually escape from county  jail because he hadn't yet been booked. At the time of his escape he was  still in police custody.

    Bay City News