PBSO: West Palm-area man escaped deputies while in handcuffs

Being handcuffed didn’t keep Luis Sepulveda Cruz from allegedly running away from Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputies.



Or getting away — at least for a short time.

Sepulveda Cruz was arrested early Sunday after deputies responded to a suspicious car call in suburban West Palm Beach and found him in a Ford pickup, according to an arrest report. A strong odor of marijuana was detected by the deputies coming from the truck, the report said.

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Asked for identification, Sepulveda Cruz responded: “I don’t have it with me because it’s broken.” Sepulveda Cruz, 25, also gave deputies false names, the report said.

Deputies found marijuana in a compartment of the dashboard and learned there was an active warrant for Sepulveda Cruz’s arrest, the report said.

After being handcuffed, Sepulveda Cruz allegedly took off, running away from at least two deputies and losing them while heading northbound on Atwell Drive, south of Southern Boulevard and just west of Florida’s Turnpike.

PBSO used dogs and helicopters to find Sepulveda Cruz on Atwell Drive.

Sepulveda Cruz, who lives in suburban West Palm Beach, is facing charges of escape, resisting arrest without violence, possession of marijuana and giving false identification to law enforcement. He was being held at the Palm Beach County Jail late Monday in lieu of $3,500 bail.


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