released the name of the man who was the subject of a manhunt in Jackson
Township on Thursday.
27, of Seattle, Wash., is being held at the Porter County Jail on charges of
escape, resisting law enforcement, auto theft, dealing marijuana, and
carrying a handgun without a permit.
Press reported today that Gebrehiwot commandeered the squad car of a Lake
County Sheriff’s Police deputy who’d stopped him on the Indiana Toll Road.
The incident began
on Thursday afternoon, Lake County Sheriff Oscar Martinez Jr. said, after
the deputy had found a quantity of marijuana in Gebrehiwot’s vehicle. The
deputy handcuffed Gebrehiwot and placed him in the backseat of his squad
car, then continued a search of the suspect vehicle, Martinez said.
At some point, the
skinny Gebrehiwot managed to “do a Houdini” like Harry Houdini, the
illusionist famed for his escapes, and despite being handcuffed behind his
back inside the squad car, Gebrehiwot slipped his legs through his cuffed
arms, putting his arms in front of him, and then drove off, Martinez said.
Gebrehiwot subsequently crashed the squad car and fled on foot, attempting
to go to ground in Jackson Township, where he was later taken into custody