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Wanted Man Hides in Building's Duct System

By: KKTV Email
By: KKTV Email

A wanted man runs from authorities, climbing through a business' duct work trying to escape.

It happened Sunday on S. Tejon Street. Police say an extra duty officer saw the wanted man Sunday just before 2:30 p.m. and followed him until the suspect darted into a Jimmy John's store, and hid in the bathroom.

In the bathroom, police say the man, Shawn McConnell, then allegedly removed a ceiling tile and then entered the building's duct work, insulation, and electrical conduit to escape.

The restaurant was evacuated just as a precaution while officers searched for an hour in the ceiling and attic.

A number of officers set up a building perimeter and watched the roof tops. That's when the man jumped down from the ceiling into the lobby of US Bank at Tejon and Pikes Peak.

K-9 was summoned to assist in the bank search. The K-9 found the suspect hiding underneath a bank stairwell.

The suspect was originally wanted for Felony Escape, Probation Violation, and considered a flight risk. He'll now face new charges of Criminal Trespass and Damage to Property.


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