Charges: Burglar confident he can beat rap tries to escape anyway
TACOMA, Wash. -- A 22-year-old man confident he could beat a burglary rap tried to escape anyway with the help of some very sweaty wrists, according to charges filed Monday in Pierce County Superior Court.
Tacoma Police Department officers responded to a burglary alarm at a Tacoma house around 10 p.m. Aug. 22. It appeared as though someone had forced their way through a bedroom window, and the homeowner reported her laptop was missing.
According to the charging documents, a police dog led officers to Murray Creshon III, who was hiding in some grass and weeds outside the home's fence. Creshon reportedly told officers he was very drunk and decided to get some sleep in the ditch.
When informed him he was being arrested for burglary, Creshon reportedly told officers he could "beat this" despite being in possession of a black balaclava and the cord to the victim's missing laptop. But, apparently that was just false bravado as Creshon tried to escape moments later, according to the charging documents.
Officers handcuffed Creshon and put him in the back of a patrol car while they searched for the victim's laptop. The next thing they knew, Creshon had reportedly slipped his cuffs and run from the patrol car.
According to the charging documents, it appeared Creshon was able to push the partition between the front and back of the patrol car forward enough to unlatch it and escape. Officers also credited Creshon's sweat-covered wrists with helping him get out of the cuffs.
Creshon was found hiding in a nearby backyard and arrested a second time, according to the charging documents.
When informed he was now being arrested for escape as well as burglary, Creshon reportedly told officers, "[Expletive] you, man. The door was open, so I thought I was free to go." And, there's that bravado again.