NOPD: Prison inmate on the loose; slipped out of handcuffs
NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans police are searching for an man who managed to slip out of his handcuffs and flee Orleans Parish Prison's temporary intake center early Sunday morning.
The man had been transported from University Hospital after receiving a cast on his right arm.
After being placed on a bench in central lock up, the man was able to "maneuver his way out of the handcuffs" and flee through an open gate at the Orleans Parish Prison's temporary intake and processing center, an NOPD spokeswoman said.
The man was in the NOPD's custody at the time of the escape.
The man is described is black, about 5'10" tall and weighs about 170 pounds. He was wearing a grey shirt with ripped blue jeans and had half of a cast on his right arm.
The NOPD had released a picture and a name for the man, but they later retracted it, saying they believe he may have used a fake name and identity. The police department then sent a picture, which you can see above, of the man shortly before he was arrested. A police spokeswoman said they are working to identify him.