Inmate in custody after escaping from sheriff's patrol car in downtown Los Angeles

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- An inmate was taken into custody after escaping while handcuffed from a sheriff's patrol car in downtown Los Angeles Friday night.

Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies confirmed the suspect was found hiding underneath a vehicle in a car lot at about 11:43 p.m.

The suspect, who was described as a black male, busted out the rear, side window of the patrol car while in the backseat at about 8:55 p.m. near Pico Boulevard and the 110 and 10 freeways. He was last seen wearing a gray shirt and black pants.

The Los Angeles Police Department was assisting the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department in the search. Streets near the area were shut down as deputies conducted their investigation.

Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies were searching for a inmate who escaped from a patrol car near the 10 and 110 freeways in downtown Los Angeles Friday, Jan. 23, 2015.

The suspect was being transferred from court to a men's jail facility downtown when he escaped, Sheriff's Deputy Guillermina Saldana said.

A command post was established at the intersection of Washington Boulevard and Georgia Street.

CNS contributed to this report.

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