A slippery suspect ran away from police while he was being booked into jail on Seventh Street in the South of Market neighborhood, running from the officers while still in handcuffs before being caught minutes later.
The man, 22-year-old Virgil Ard, was being brought in on a robbery charge around 5 p.m. Tuesday when he darted from the sally port, a secured entryway where suspects are booked into jail, Sheriff’s Department spokesman Eileen Hirst said Thursday.
The doors to the entryway had opened onto Seventh Street to allow a car to exit, and Ard used that as an opportunity to make a run for it, Hirst said.
But police and at least one off-duty sheriff’s deputy gave chase, apprehending the man nearby on Sherman Street, which is between Harrison and Folsom streets.
The chase “lasted a total of maybe five minutes,” Hirst said. “It was extremely fast.”
Ard now faces additional charges for the attempt, including resisting arrest, Hirst said.
This was at least the second escape attempt this year by a man in handcuffs.
On Jan. 2, 33-year-old Brian Jenkins kicked out the window of a police car before running off. He was arrested blocks away and taken back into custody, according to police.
Jenkins allegedly had been using a razor blade to deface posters at Zeitgeist bar in the Mission district after being denied entry into the closed bar.
“He shattered it. Then he hopped out and he walked away,” Luis Quintana, an employee at Oil Changers across the street from the bar, said at the time. “I was trying to catch him ... then he started to run and I went inside Zeitgeist to tell the police officer.”
Jenkins escaped while the police officer was inside the bar completing the report. A witness reported the escape to the officer, who saw the broken glass and called for backup.
Like Ard, Jenkins was given an additional felonious-escape charge, police said.