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Posted: 1:09 p.m. Saturday, April 27, 2013
KTVU.com and wires
SAN MATEO COUNTY, Calif. —
Sheriff's deputies were searching for a Redwood City man Saturday who escaped from a patrol car after being arrested in unincorporated San Mateo County Thursday night.
At about 8:45 p.m. citizens in the 2700 block of Devonshire Avenue reported a domestic violence assault in progress.
San Mateo County sheriff's deputies responded to the scene, located in the census-designated place of North Fair Oaks, to find 27-year-old Juan Carlos Valencia and a female victim on the sidewalk.
After conducting several interviews, deputies arrested Valencia for assaulting and injuring his girlfriend.
Valencia was handcuffed and placed in the back seat of a patrol car, deputies said.
As deputies were completing their investigation, Valencia managed to escape from the patrol car.
Sheriff's deputies pursued Valencia on foot and set up a perimeter. Deputies searched the area for several hours, but were unable to locate the suspect.
Deputies were continuing Saturday to investigate how Valencia was able to escape from the patrol car.
Deputies said Valencia may be driving a 1991 Acura Legend with the California license plate 2YGP965.
Valencia was wanted in connection with felony domestic assault, violation of a restraining order and escaping from custody, according to deputies.
According to deputies, Valencia told his family that he would not return to jail, so he is considered dangerous, deputies said.
Valencia was described as a Hispanic man, standing 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing about 200 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information regarding the suspect or his escape was asked to contact deputies at (650) 363-4051 or may do so anonymously at (800) 547-2700.
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