Man who escaped authorities now in custody |

Man who escaped authorities now in custody

Jeff Munson

A 26-year-old man is now in custody after a two-hour search for him this afternoon led a K-9 police dog and officers to his whereabouts hiding in a Winnemucca Court garage near Barton Meadow in South Lake Tahoe.

According to officers on the scene, the man was bitten in the head and arms by the K-9 police dog when he was spotted. An ambulance was dispatched.

Police and sheriff’s departments from two counties and the California Highway Patrol searched the Barton Meadows area this afternoon for the handcuffed man who escaped authorities at El Dorado County Jail at about 1:30 p.m.

The man was described as white, 26 years of age, 5 foot 10 inches, 180 pounds, a shaved head, hazel eyes, wearing a white T-shirt, black shorts, is heavily tattooed, barefooted and was handcuffed to the front with a waist chain.

Tahoe Daily Tribune photographer Jim Grant, reporting from the scene said an ambulance crew has arrived and the man was being placed on a gurney and moved out of the garage into an ambulance. The man’s injuries are unknown at this time.

The man’s name has not been released. It is believed that he escaped authorities at the El Dorado County Jail where he was being transported from Alpine County. An Alpine County sheriff’s dispatcher declined to release the man’s name or any information about him or why he was arrested before he escaped.

Authorities from South Lake Tahoe, the El Dorado and Alpine county sheriff’s offices and the California Highway Patrol began the search at about 1:30 p.m. The man was found at 3:45 p.m.

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