Handcuffed suspect caught after escaping Syracuse police custody

Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 1:08 PM

Bubba Brown

SYRACUSE — After a manhunt that stretched throughout the night, police Monday morning captured a handcuffed suspect who had escaped from custody while being interrogated at the police station.

Syracuse Police Chief Garrett Atkin said Steven Allen, 21, and an accomplice were originally taken into custody Sunday evening and being questioned in separate rooms at the police department. When the detective interrogating Allen left the room, Allen snuck out of the back of the police station, sometime around 11 p.m.

Police spent the rest of the night searching for Allen, Atkin said. Officers used tips from citizens to set up a containment area and at one point were even searching door-to-door.

Eventually, around 4 a.m., Allen turned himself in, near the 1300 block of Melanie Lane, said Syracuse officer Erin Behm.

Allen and the accomplice were originally arrested Sunday evening at Walmart, at 2228 W. 1700 South, Atkin said. Police had information Allen and the other man were using a stolen credit card to purchase items.

Allen is wanted in connection with a large string of vehicle burglaries, Atkin said. Since the beginning of June, around 40 vehicle burglaries have been reported in Syracuse.

Additionally, Atkin said, several nearby police agencies have reported burglaries pulled off using a similar method as the Syracuse burglaries.

“I couldn’t tell you for sure he’s attached to all those,” Atkin said. “But he’s someone we’re looking at.”

Police were not releasing the name of the accomplice also arrested Sunday night, Atkin said, citing an active investigation.

Allen was booked into Davis County Jail for suspicion of unlawful use of a financial transaction card, according to jail booking logs.

Multiple police agencies, including the Davis County Sheriff’s Office, assisted overnight in the search for Allen, Atkin said.

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