Suspect apprehended hours after escaping police custody at La Palma hospital

LA PALMA, Calif. (KABC) -- A suspect was apprehended hours after he escaped police custody Sunday morning at a hospital in La Palma, authorities said.

Javier Anguino, 30, of Santa Ana, had initially been arrested on suspicion of possession of a stolen vehicle and narcotics, according to the La Palma Police Department. The agency said he escaped at about 1:15 a.m. while being treated at La Palma Intercommunity Hospital for injuries sustained in a traffic collision.

The unarmed suspect was handcuffed in front when he fled on foot in a southbound direction from the facility, police said in a statement, adding that he should be considered dangerous.

Authorities released a photo and description of Anguino, who was subsequently found hiding in a residential neighborhood of La Palma. He was arrested for escape and outstanding warrants, according to a subsequent news release.

He was expected to be booked and transferred to the Orange County Jail.
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