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San Jose Police Call Off Search, Unable to Find Handcuffed Suspect Who Escaped Bail Bondsman

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    San Jose police are searching for a suspect who escaped from a bail bondsman and took off running on Wednesday afternoon. Jean Elle reports. (Published Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015)

    A suspect who escaped from a bail bondsman and took off running in San Jose remains on the loose after police were unable to find him late Wednesday.

    Lt. Rick Weger identified the 30-year-old suspect as David Nghounoi, who is described as standing 5 feet 11 inches tall, thin build and having a tattoo on his neck.

    Police said Nghounoi was in handcuffs when he escaped from All-Pro Bail Bonds on 1st Street in downtown San Jose at around 2:30 p.m. The escape prompted a manhunt and nearby Peter Burnett Middle School to be placed on lockdown.

    Weger said most of the students had already left the campus when the school was placed on lockdown.

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    From sources: new picture of yesterday's escapee in San Jose. Still on the run. pic.twitter.com/ZEiqZRykOa

    — Damian Trujillo (@newsdamian) October 8, 2015

    A source previously told NBC Bay Area Nghounoi had beaten up a bail bondsman before escaping. Weger said the bail bondsman did not report to police he was assaulted when Nghounoi escaped.

    Nghounoi was taken into custody earlier in the day by a bail bondsman for failing to appear in court. Weger said the suspect, who was out on bail, was previously arrested on suspicion of residential burglary and assault with a deadly weapon.

    Police, a SWAT team and K-9 units combed through the area of 2nd and Hedding streets and went door-to-door searching for the suspect. The search was called off around 7:45 p.m. when officers were unable to locate Nghounoi.

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