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Handcuffed Roscoe man slips out of RESA patrol car, takes off running

| Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, 1:21 a.m.

Police scoured the streets of Roscoe and Elco late Tuesday into Wednesday morning for a handcuffed Roscoe man who escaped from the back of a patrol car and ran away around 8:15 p.m.

Officers from RESA, California, Charleroi Regional, California University of Pennsylvania, East Bethlehem Township and the Washington County Sheriff's Department searched streets, alleyways and yards for Ramsey Hyslop, 46, of 913 Arthur St.

The 6-foot-2, 160-pound white man was wearing a white T-shirt and jeans, police said. He has long white hair in a pony tail. He was not armed. He had not been found as of 12:30 a.m. Wednesday.

RESA had arrested Hyslop at his residence around 7:45 p.m. Tuesday on bench warrants from Washington and Fayette counties. Hyslop had with him two bricks of heroin and drug paraphernalia, RESA Sgt. Brady Pascoe said.

Pascoe and Patrolman Mike Leasure handcuffed Hyslop behind the back and placed him in the rear of a police cruiser. They returned to the residence to question Hyslop's girlfriend, Cheryl Bartus, 68.

That's when, as one witness told police, Hyslop pulled the handcuffs under his legs and feet, allowing his hands to go in front of his body. Pascoe suggested that Hyslop slid between the Plexiglas partition that divides the front and back seats, opened the front door and took off.

Rear doors of a police cruiser cannot be opened from the inside. Pascoe and Leasure said they never had a suspect escape in that manner.

“If you're skinny enough, you can do that,” Pascoe said of the handcuff trick. “He would've had to have then gone headfirst through the partition and let himself out. It's a 1-in-1,000 chance, but it happened this time.”

Police set up a command post at the intersection of Church Street and Furlong Avenue, while firefighters from Roscoe, Stockdale and California searched the streets with flashlights.

Leasure said Bartus might face charges.

Pascoe and Leasure, both part-time officers, said they would continue searching while watching on Hyslop's residence.

“I seriously think he's still in this area hunkered down with someone he knows, and he might try to go back to the house eventually,” Leasure said.

Rick Bruni Jr. is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at rbruni@tribweb.com or 724-684-2635.

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