Angelo Paschall sentenced for escaping custody, theft

Missouri native gets a year after escaping custody

EL CAJON, Calif. - A robbery suspect who was captured near Petco Park 19 hours after he escaped in handcuffs from a processing area at the San Diego Central Jail was sentenced Thursday to probation and a year in jail.

Angelo Paschall, 22, pleaded guilty to felony escape and misdemeanor theft.

San Diego police spotted the defendant in the area of 16th Street and Island Avenue in the East Village about 10 a.m. on April 22. When the officers approached, the suspect bolted, running west for about 10 blocks and passing through the ballpark before they caught up to him and took him into custody.

Authorities had been looking for the 6-foot-5-inch, 175-pound escapee for about 19 hours, from the time he broke away from officers at the Front Street detention center and fled through an automated front vehicle gate as it was closing.

Paschall was arrested April 21 on suspicion of stealing from a Burlington Coat Factory store in the 7900 block of El Cajon Boulevard in La Mesa, then fighting with a security guard who tried to stop him.

At the time of his capture at Park Boulevard and Tony Gwynn Drive, the suspect was no longer in handcuffs, La Mesa police Lt. Matt Nicholass said. It was unclear when and how he had removed the restraints, or where he had spent his time on the lam.

Paschall will serve his jail sentence in San Diego County, but the judge granted a request to allow the Missouri native to serve his probation in his hometown of St. Louis.

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