Rape suspect in custody after escape attempt

October 21, 2009 1:26:34 PM PDT
Authorities have recaptured a rape suspect who escaped from police custody Tuesday night.

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Patrick Libby, 22, was taken into custody Wednesday morning close to a 7/11 on Port Chicago Road, after a person, who had seen the story on TV, called Concord Police.

Brentwood Police had arrested Libby Tuesday night on charges of child molestation and unlawful intercourse with a minor. Police were entering the Martinez Detention Facility with him at 8:35 p.m., when he suddenly bolted and ran away wearing handcuffs into downtown Martinez.

"Right before the gate closed the suspect was able to slide out of the gate as it was closing. The officer ran after him and a number of deputies went after him as well. There was a large perimeter set up in downtown, but he got away," said Contra Costa Sheriff's Department's Jimmy Lee.

The Contra Costa Sheriff's Department also pointed out that the suspect did not escape from the jail. He was in the custody of the Brentwood Police Department and was brought to the jail for booking. He was in the sallyport area when he fled and was never in the custody of the Sheriff's Office. Libby will not be charged with escape from a county jail.

As Libby eluded authorities, he was seen about four miles east of Martinez at the Tesoro Golden Eagle Refinery on Solano Way. He stole a car there and the security guard wouldn't let him leave that lot. He was next spotted in Concord without the handcuffs.

About 2,000 local residents were notified by phone to be on the lookout for the escapee.

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