Janet Lee

Janet Lee
Photo:Janet Lee, injured by a taxi partition.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

After dozens of cages being compromised? This problem goes back many years.


Steel mesh cages will be bolted to the backside of partitions in NOPD cruisers to keep officers and prisoners separate during transport.
"That steel mesh will be a permanent fixture in the car and no one will be able to go through that ever again," Chief Michael Harrison said.
The calls for change come after Travis Boys escaped through an open window in the partition and allegedly shot and killed officer Daryle Holloway on June 20.
Police say Boys, who is 5'11'' and 170 pounds, squeezed through the approximately 1' by 1' opening.
Harrison believes the small upgrade covers a safety void.
"We will have a metal mesh adapter cage that will be retrofitted into the cages of all of the police cars that have the opening that Mr. Boys was able to crawl through," Harrison said.
Only one of the nearly 300 SUV cruisers has been outfitted with the steel adapter, but NOPD administrators believe the rest of the cruisers will be retrofitted with the new cages in the next few months.
The upgrade is expected to cost a few thousand dollars, according to NOPD spokesperson Tyler Gamble.
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It is so easy to move ones hands from behind ones back to in front that a child can do it with amazing ease. It seems that anyone who isn't injured or obese could do this. Yet there is no end to the stories about defeated partitions, after the handcuffed suspect moved his hands from the back to the front.
“Houdini” cases
Eight cases, in a short period of time, all inspired a newspaper reporter or police spokesperson to characterize a criminal with “Houdini like” skills. That’s a lot of Houdinis out there.
McCormick referred to Martin as "Houdini" as he described him slipping the handcuffs from behind his back to his front. Martin managed to slip through the open partition in the police car to the driver's seat
Though he might not be the reincarnation of Harry Houdini, a 21-year-old Santa Fe man nonetheless pulled off a bit of unexplained derring-do Thursday night
An officer handcuffed his wrists behind his back and put him in the back seat of a patrol car, Mascarenas said.The officer then walked over to talk to detectives, who were some distance away, Mascarenas said.``The next thing (the officer) knew, the car was gone,''
It was a Houdini-like escape that began near Wallaceburg around noon on Sunday. woman slipped her hands over her feet in front of her. She squeezed through the partition — about 30 centimetres wide — that separates the police car’s front and back seats. “She was a very small-statured person,” he said. The woman then took off in the cruiser
In an act reminiscent of Houdini, a woman arrested by a Daviess County sheriff's deputy Wednesday and placed handcuffed in the back seat of his patrol cruiser was able to free herself enough to steal the car.
"This is a very small woman," Osborne said. "With a normal-sized person, it is pretty unlikely they'd be able to do this."
Calvert handcuffed Pace's hands behind her back and placed her in the rear of the car. The center shield separating the back seat from the front was raised, Osborne said.
When Pace told Calvert she was hot, he started his cruiser and turned on the air conditioning, Osborne said.
"He did the same thing all of us do," Osborne said.
During a period of less than five minutes, while Calvert and two troopers were inside the home to conduct a search, Pace was left unattended and was able to escape in the cruiser, Osborne said.
During that time, Pace slipped her cuffed hands from behind her back and reached under the shield into the side the driver's compartment, Osborne said.
In doing so, she released a latch on a moveable window in the center of the shield that can be lowered, he said. She was then able to crawl through the window into the driver's compartment and drive off
Attorney’s wrote in the lawsuit: "… Avalos was known by the nickname around the city police department as ‘Houdini.’ Avalos… slipped out of his handcuffs, crawled into the front seat of Wilson’s patrol car and drove off.
Jones' escape attempt was Houdini-like.After he was arrested about 8:15 a.m., deputies handcuffed his hands behind his back and put him in the back sear of a cruiser, Lott said.More than two hours later Jones contorted himself so that his hands, still in handcuffs, were in front of him.The 5-foot, 6-inch, 160-pound man then squeezed through a foot-square open window in the Plexiglas that separates the front and back seats of the cruiser.The deputies were finishing paperwork on the hood of the car and hadn't noticed Jones' movements, Lott said.Jones put the car in gear and tried to drive off

The latter-day Houdini, who gave her name as Tacoma Hopps, initially was picked up Monday at 2:15 a.m. in Manhattan, where she allegedly was streetwalking. Police handcuffed her behind her back and shoved her into a Ford minivan being used for suspects. A few minutes later, officers left her alone in the van so they could join in another arrest. Then Hopps, who hasa 77-page record dating to 1985, squeezed out of the steel shackles, jumped in the drivers’ seat and sped to New Jersey.
Handcuffed Houdini allegedly steals cop car and damages it
BOSTON HERALD February 16, 2001By JOSE MARTINEZ Boston police say a limber mechanic with a knack for door locks and break-ins freed himself from a cruiser's back seat, sat himself behind the steering wheel and sped off early yesterday - all while still handcuffed."It's difficult to get handcuffed hands from behind you to in front of you. You have to be fairly flexible to do that," said Boston police spokeswoman Mariellen Burns.

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