Man escapes custody at airport, taken down by US Airways employees www.privateofficer.com
PHOENIX AZ April 28 2012 - A man who was being extradited from Detroit to Phoenix managed to escape custody on the airport tarmac Thursday night.
About 5 p.m. Thursday, two Yavapai County Sheriff’s deputies and the suspect arrived from Detroit and exited an aircraft that had just arrived at gate A-1.
The officers were walking with the suspect, 22-year-old John Riebesel, when he sprinted away from the officers. The officers couldn’t catch up to him.
Riebesel fled the terminal and found his way onto the tarmac – it was then that a US Airways employee saw his suspicious behavior and questioned him, Phoenix Police say.
Other US Airways employees came to the aid of the first and were able to successfully detain him until police arrived.
Phoenix Police learned he had somehow deactivated and removed his ankle bracelet while he was in-flight from Detroit. The officers escorting Riebesel had tried to shock him when he made a run for it — but realized it wasn’t working.
Riebesel is facing charges of escape, attempted stolen vehicle and violating a restricted area.
“At no time did the suspect have access to any aircraft or the airports runway. This was a great effort on the part of the US Airways employees who, as an important part of the airport security structure, are trained to react to suspicious persons and items in the areas where they work,” stated Officer James Holmes.
Riebesel was wanted by the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office on drug charges. His probation was revoked earlier this month.