The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office is dealing with a disappearing act: an accused armed-robbing I-phone thief who is on the run and apparently pretty good at escaping police custody.
An armed robbery of an I-phone resulted in an arrest of Harry Mitchell Tuesday morning. Yet instead of being locked up Monday night, Micthell is said to be in the street after he freed himself from handcuffs while at the JPSO Investigation’s Bureau interview room.
The JPSO said he removed his cuffs but didn’t say how.
The sheriff’s office didn’t reveal how Mitchell could have escaped a secured building occupied deputies or from which door or fence he fled.
Spokesman Col. John Fortunato said Mitchell stuck up a man for his phone on Alex Kornman Drive around 1AM Tuesday morning in Harvey before police used a GPS application to track the stolen I-phone at a house to the 2400 block of Rose Drive where Mitchell was arrested.
A woman there Tuesday night said who she was Mitchell’s aunt told WGNO News she cooperated fully with police as they came to fetch her nephew.
Once in custody, Mitchell was said to have been found missing from the sheriff’s office interview room around 8:00AM Tuesday.
Deputies say the 24-year-old was hunted this morning, launching a search and deployment of a JPSO chopper.
Harry Mitchell is 5’10, weighs 150lbs, has brown eyes, dread locks, a thin mustache and goatee, according to deputies, who also say “504” and the words “Snugs” and “Deshia” are tattooed on his forearms along with a fleur-de-lis.
Anyone with information on Mitchell is urged to call Crimestoppers at (504)822-1111.