Murder suspect runs out of courtroom after sheriff removes restraints

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By Asiya Ali

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Shocking surveillance footage has shown a murder suspect running out of a courthouse after he was unshackled by police officers.

Edi Villalobos, 28, made a bold escape from the Washington County courthouse after being brought from prison for jury selection.

He was expected to stand trial for second-degree murder for the stabbing of 33-year-old Artemio Guzman-Olvera in 2021, as reported by ABC 7 Chicago.

Villalobos was also charged with two counts of first-degree burglary, unlawful use of a weapon, reckless endangerment, and reckless driving.

Watch the footage below:

The security camera shows one of the deputies removing the suspect's wrist bonds and then he sits down on a chair at the side of a table so the official can also remove his ankle restraints.

After his restraints are removed, Villalobos - donning black trousers and a blue dress shirt - strolls over to a chair he is supposed to sit in and puts a hand over it before brazenly dashing out of the courtroom.

Two deputies quickly chase after the suspect, with one following the other, but the defendant outran them both out of the courtroom.

A video from other cameras throughout the courthouse recorded his escape and showed him running past a startled woman in the hallway before exiting through a door.

Metro reported that a manhunt followed for the defendant. Several officials were involved in the search such as dog units and drones were also obtained so they could scan the area.

The suspect was spotted several times but managed to avoid capture, however, it wasn't until about two hours later that a bystander informed cops that a person was trying to break into an apartment directly underneath theirs on the 300 block of Southeast 4th Avenue.

Deputies said they made entry into the apartment and seized Villalobos after catching him trying to conceal himself under a blanket in a closet inside the unoccupied apartment.

According to Law and Crime, the police stated that Oregon state law requires that every defendant's restraints are removed in the courtroom to evade unjust prejudice from a jury.

The murder suspect was put in custody and taken back to Washington County Jail after his attempted escape. A grand jury later indicted him on two additional counts of first-degree burglary and one count of second-degree escape.

A WCSO spokesperson told Portland NBC affiliate KGW8 that the agency is now examining the incident and intends on addressing the escape through police training.

Villalobos' trial was canceled and is now rescheduled for September.

Featured image credit: dpa picture alliance archive / Alamy

Murder suspect runs out of courtroom after sheriff removes restraints

vt-author-image

By Asiya Ali

Article saved!Article saved!

Shocking surveillance footage has shown a murder suspect running out of a courthouse after he was unshackled by police officers.

Edi Villalobos, 28, made a bold escape from the Washington County courthouse after being brought from prison for jury selection.

He was expected to stand trial for second-degree murder for the stabbing of 33-year-old Artemio Guzman-Olvera in 2021, as reported by ABC 7 Chicago.

Villalobos was also charged with two counts of first-degree burglary, unlawful use of a weapon, reckless endangerment, and reckless driving.

Watch the footage below:

The security camera shows one of the deputies removing the suspect's wrist bonds and then he sits down on a chair at the side of a table so the official can also remove his ankle restraints.

After his restraints are removed, Villalobos - donning black trousers and a blue dress shirt - strolls over to a chair he is supposed to sit in and puts a hand over it before brazenly dashing out of the courtroom.

Two deputies quickly chase after the suspect, with one following the other, but the defendant outran them both out of the courtroom.

A video from other cameras throughout the courthouse recorded his escape and showed him running past a startled woman in the hallway before exiting through a door.

Metro reported that a manhunt followed for the defendant. Several officials were involved in the search such as dog units and drones were also obtained so they could scan the area.

The suspect was spotted several times but managed to avoid capture, however, it wasn't until about two hours later that a bystander informed cops that a person was trying to break into an apartment directly underneath theirs on the 300 block of Southeast 4th Avenue.

Deputies said they made entry into the apartment and seized Villalobos after catching him trying to conceal himself under a blanket in a closet inside the unoccupied apartment.

According to Law and Crime, the police stated that Oregon state law requires that every defendant's restraints are removed in the courtroom to evade unjust prejudice from a jury.

The murder suspect was put in custody and taken back to Washington County Jail after his attempted escape. A grand jury later indicted him on two additional counts of first-degree burglary and one count of second-degree escape.

A WCSO spokesperson told Portland NBC affiliate KGW8 that the agency is now examining the incident and intends on addressing the escape through police training.

Villalobos' trial was canceled and is now rescheduled for September.

Featured image credit: dpa picture alliance archive / Alamy