A suspect managed to free himself from handcuffs after being arrested in Salisbury NC Wednesday.
Jameel Kenneth Stephens-Maddox was arrested for seven outstanding warrants as well as for ‘Resist, Obstruct, and Delay’ since Rowan County Deputies had to chase him prior to his arrest on Longview Ave. Police say he ran out the back door as authorities approached the residence.
Once in custody, deputies took Stephens-Maddox to the Rowan County Magistrate’s Office for processing. He was handcuffed to a metal bar in the prisoner holding area while deputies worked to complete the required paperwork. That was when Stephens-Maddox worked his hand out of the handcuffs used to secure him to the metal bar, eventually freeing himself.
Stephens-Maddox then left, jumped onto a patrol vehicle parked in the fenced-in area of the Magistrate’s Office and was able to make his way over the razor wire above the fence. Police say he may have been able to make his way to the roof of the Magistrate’s Office, and then jump to the ground outside the fenced-in area.
Rowan County Sheriff’s Deputies and Salisbury Police Officers were alerted and immediately began searching the area around the Magistrate’s Office for Stephens-Maddox. The events leading up to the suspect's escape are under investigation in addition to the actions taken by the deputies involved.