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.
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.
SJPD calls off search Handcuffed man still on the loose. pic.twitter.com/DxhFmAAqkr
— Jean Elle (@nbcjeanelle) October 8, 2015
BREAKING: Huge SJ manhunt. Suspected gang member in cuffs beat up bondsman and ran. Peter Burnett Academy on lockdown
— Damian Trujillo (@newsdamian) October 8, 2015