Authorities say Danny Navarro, 20, was being arraigned at the courthouse. Officials say when the district attorney asked the court to raise the bail amount, Navarro ran out at about 10:30 a.m. He was last seen running eastbound on Maricopa Street.
Torrance police say he wasn't in handcuffs when he escaped.
He was described as a Hispanic male, 6 feet, about 160 pounds, wearing a blue button shirt and dark jeans.
After a search of the area, police were unable to locate Navarro.