Shackled man escapes from Bellevue courthouse

BELLEVUE, Wash. -- A 21-year-old man in shackles and a red jumpsuit escaped custody Friday morning at the Bellevue Courthouse and is currently on the loose, according to the Bellevue Police Department.

Bellevue police spokesperson Carla Iafrate says Windell Downs was being transported from the King County Jail to Bellevue District Court for a suspended vehicle license court date when he escaped.

"Wearing red jail clothing, wrist and ankle restraints -- and he was barefoot," Iafrate said.

Police say the second Downs stepped out of the police van and hit the pavement, he bolted right out of his jail slippers and into a getaway car waiting nearby. Iafrate says two inmates were being transported to court by one support officer. She says when Downs ran, the officer had to stay with the remaining prisoner until help arrived.

Downs is described as an approximately 6-foot tall black man with a medium afro, weighing 174 pounds with several tattoos on his neck and arms.

Iafate says they are also looking for the getaway driver, who they believe is Downs' girlfriend Tanjanique Hills. She's wanted on suspicion of rendering criminal assistance. Their car was described as a blue Ford Crown Victoria with big rims and Washington license plate AJW8923.

Police records show Downs had been jailed with bail set at $350,000 on robbery and theft charges. Iafrate says Downs should be considered dangerous.