Thursday, January 29, 2009

Escaped Inmate Captured

The Placer County Jail inmate who escaped during medical transport at 9:45 this morning was captured by citizens at an Auburn Harley-Davidson dealership three hours later.

Just before he was captured, David Lee Todd, 49, ran from a Tires Plus employee across Locksley Lane, near Hwy. 49, onto the grounds of the motorcycle dealership. Todd found himself surrounded by eight employees and customers, one of whom produced a pair of handcuffs that were promptly used to detain Todd.

More than 40 sheriff’s employees, including canine teams, the helicopter and the CHP helicopter, joined in the morning-long search.

Todd escaped as he was being wheeled into an Auburn X-ray center after complaining of pain from a fall. He bolted from the wheelchair and a deputy gave chase but was unable to catch him. He then approached a woman in a parking lot, pushed her out of the way and carjacked her vehicle. The car was found about a mile away on Park Drive.

Todd was taken back to the Auburn Jail and faces additional charges of escape, carjacking, assault with a deadly weapon, battery on a peace officer and car theft. He had been in custody since Dec. 9 on charges of robbery and a burglary warrant.

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