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Northern Iowa cops compare fleeing inmate to Usain Bolt after he outran them, handcuffed in pink socks

STORM LAKE - A man in police custody, handcuffed behind his back, suddenly bolted from his captors, losing his shoes in the process, leaving cops dumbfounded at his athletic abilities.

STORM LAKE – A man in police custody, handcuffed behind his back, suddenly bolted from his captors, losing his shoes in the process, leaving cops dumbfounded at his athletic abilities.

According to police in Storm Lake, a subject that had been placed under arrest managed to escape custody at the hospital sometime Monday night. The suspect was last seen running southbound from the hospital premises. Police urged everyone to stay vigilant and report any sightings or information regarding this individual.

The subject was Luis Rodriguez Garcia age 26. Rodriguez had been arrested for trespassing, criminal mischief, theft and interference with official acts. He was last seen running southbound from the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center.

• Wearing a black hooded sweatshirt
• Grey sweatpants
• Pink socks, no shoes
• He was last seen handcuffed behind the back

Cops urged folks not to approach the suspect if spotted.

Finally, on Wednesday afternoon, Storm Lake police offered the following update on this investigation:

Monday night, a slippery suspect made a break for it in the most epic disappearing act we’ve seen since David Copperfield tried to vanish the Statue of Liberty!

He was making an exit from the hospital to a police car, but this dude had some serious turbo boosters on his feet. He pulled away from the grip of the officer and sprinted so fast, he left his shoes in the parking lot, disappearing into the night.

It was like he was competing in the Track and Field Barefoot Marathon!

In the midst of this high-speed escape, he accessorized his run with our officer’s handcuffs, making a bold fashion statement.

This guy wasn’t just fast; he was the Usain Bolt of handcuff contortionists, managing to shimmy those cuffs from behind to in front.

After evading arrest, he found and unlocked car with keys inside and pulled off the perfect grand theft auto and left the city.

Unfortunately, his dreams hit a roadblock when the car ran out of gas in Schaller. Looks like he missed the memo about checking the fuel gauge before a crime spree.

Shoutout to the vigilant citizens of Schaller who called in a suspicious person wearing handcuffs.

Deputies from the Sac County Sheriff’s Office, Buena Vista County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Storm Lake Police Department, formed the ultimate relay team and nabbed him without breaking a sweat.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, don’t try to outrun the law! It only compounds your problems. And seriously, if he wanted his own handcuffs THAT badly, we could’ve maybe gotten him some for Christmas!

We have our cuffs back and the suspect is in custody.

We maintain that this guy had a false start, but we will continue to work on our speed from the blocks

Huge shoutout to everyone who helped with tips and leads. You’re the real MVPs!

Luis Rodríguez García (Jail photo and top photo via police)
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