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.
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