LAS VEGAS » A Nevada homicide suspect who became the focus of a four-day manhunt after breaking his handcuffs and escaping from a police interview room was recaptured in Las Vegas, less than a mile from where authorities found a work truck he’s believed to have stolen to get away, police said today.
Alonso Perez surrendered when police and FBI fugitive-hunters found him about 8 p.m. Tuesday in an apartment several miles east of downtown Las Vegas, North Las Vegas police Officer Aaron Patty said.
There wasn’t a standoff, Patty said. He said he didn’t know if Perez had a weapon when he was arrested or if there were other people in the residence at the time.
Perez, 25, who also uses the name Alfonso Perez, had been sought since Friday, when police said he broke a set of handcuffs and fled from a police office in North Las Vegas.
A Ford F-250 work truck that police said was stolen from a nearby parking lot was later found about 9 miles away.
Perez was held overnight at the Clark County jail in Las Vegas pending court appearances Thursday on use of a firearm, assault and domestic battery charges in a separate case, according to court records. It wasn’t immediately clear if he had a lawyer.
Patty said murder and other charges are expected to be filed against Perez today.
Perez has been identified by police as the suspect in the Aug. 27 shooting death of Mohammed Robinson outside a McDonald’s restaurant in North Las Vegas.
Witnesses have said the fatal argument began with angry words about Robinson not holding a door open for a woman.
On Friday, police say Perez was alone in a detective office interview room when he broke the hinge of his handcuffs and escaped with one cuff attached to a table and one cuff still on his right wrist.
Patty said a departmental investigation has begun.
“Now we can focus on preventing this from happening again,” he said.
The escape was the second reported this year from a police station in the Las Vegas area.
In April, Ivan Mayoral-Lizarraga fled from a Las Vegas police substation during questioning in a stolen vehicle investigation.
He was arrested about two weeks later, and pleaded guilty to felony home invasion, assault with a weapon and escape charges. Mayoral-Lizarraga is serving two-to-five years in state prison.