A homicide suspect was caught on camera as he escaped from a police department through a ceiling tile.
In the video, 25-year-old Alonso Perez can be seen breaking the hinge of his handcuffs by attaching his right wrist to a metal bar on a table that’s bolted to the floor.
“He torques it to the point, using some of his body weight, that it snaps the hinges,” said North Las Vegas Police Chief Alexander Perez during a press conference, adding it took officers nearly 40 minutes to realize he had escaped.
As the inmate managed to free one hand, he stood on a chair and climbed out by removing a foam ceiling tile.
The police chief stated no one ever managed to escape police custody in the 25 years he has been with the department.
However, despite his successful jailbreak, Perez was re-arrested five days later at an apartment near downtown Las Vegas.
“We're not perfect. The police are simply not perfect,” Chief Perez said. “However, we will learn from our mistakes so they are not repeated and that's the goal.”
The department now intends to take steps to avoid similar cases.
“Someone will be monitoring the interrogation room at all times when someone’s in custody or being interviewed,” the chief added. “We’re working on a live feed to each desk as well.”
Alonso Perez, who also uses the name Alfonso Perez, was arrested in connection with the Aug. 27 shooting death of Mohammed Robinson in front of a McDonald’s restaurant in North Las Vegas.