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Saturday, December 3, 2011

A Chicagoland friend’s scary evening

Cesar Sanchez
My friend, M., was on her way home in suburban southwest Chicago late yesterday afternoon when she returned my call on her cell phone. As we were speaking, a fleet of five police cars screamed past her vehicle. 

Only slightly rattled, M. assumed a traffic accident had occurred on the highway ahead of her, and we continued our conversation. She arrived home without passing any pileups, and we signed off.

A follow-up email message last night from my Chicagoland friend reported that a convict had escaped in her area; hence, all the police cars. M. heard on the news the escapee, Cesar Sanchez, was considered dangerous, and she went to bed concerned about her own safety as well as that of family members who live nearby.

Another email from M. this morning shared the news that Sanchez was caught hiding in a port-a-potty about a mile - far too close for comfort - from the home of her family.

The Chicago Sun Times (updated this morning) reported:

A convict being returned to prison escaped by jumping from a moving van Friday afternoon in southwest suburban Lockport — but he was caught late Friday, hiding in a port-a-potty near Joliet.

Cesar Sanchez, 37, was in a transport van being returned from the Cook County Courthouse in Bridgeview to the Stateville Correctional Center in Crest Hill. 

Illinois Department of Corrections spokeswoman Sharyn Elman said Sanchez was able to jump out of the van about 2:15 p.m. while it was near 159th Street and Farrell Road.
Police radio alerts indicate Sanchez injured his leg in the jump but was able to limp away.

Numerous police agencies were alerted to the escape, Elman said.

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