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Roswell police catch man who briefly escaped custody

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A man wanted on several outstanding warrants and allegedly found to be in possession of methamphetamine was captured early Tuesday after briefly escaping from police custody.

Tyler Tucker, 22, of Roswell, managed to escape from the back of a police vehicle he was placed inside after being taken into custody Tuesday in the 1500 block of West Alameda Street. He was found a short time later.

Unlike most police units, the one in which Tucker was placed had rear doors that were set to open from the interior, allowing him to open the doors and flea, according to court documents.

In addition to the outstanding warrants, Tucker now faces one count each of controlled substances, possession prohibited, methamphetamine; and escape from custody of a peace officer.

On Tuesday at 2:15 a.m., a patrol officer saw several subjects outside Tucker’s 1500 block of West Walnut Street residence. Knowing that Tucker was wanted on numerous warrants, the officer spoke with some of the individuals outside the residence but did not see Tucker.

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The officer then observed Tucker’s vehicle drive by the residence and go south on Louisiana Avenue. Tucker’s vehicle was later discovered parked in front of a 1500 block of West Alameda Street property. Tucker was in the passenger seat of the vehicle.

When police searched him they allegedly found a plastic bag in Tucker’s coin pocket that contained 1.1 grams of a white crystalline substance that later tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine, according to court documents.

The officer placed Tucker in the backseat of the police unit before speaking with a woman who was with Tucker when he was located by police.

Court documents state that when the officer returned to the unit, one of its back doors was wide open and Tucker had fled on foot. For 30 minutes, officers canvassed the area in hopes of finding Tucker, but to no avail.

Tucker was eventually found behind a very large bush in the front yard of a 1500 block of West Alameda Street residence, his shoes revealing his hiding place to the officer.

Judge E.J. Fouratt placed Tucker’s bond at $10,000 cash or surety during a first appearance in Chaves County Magistrate Court.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or breakingnews@rdrnews.com.