Cops: Escapee cuts hole between two hotel rooms in new attempt
- The suspect allegedly fled through hole he cut between two hotel rooms.
- He was caught three hours later after a chase and struggle, cops say.
The York City man who escaped from custody twice in less than a week in York County almost gave Lancaster County officers the slip Thursday by allegedly fleeing through a hole he had cut in the wall between two hotel rooms.
Manheim Township Police arrested Jayson L. Velez-Irizarry at the Days Inn, 1492 Lititz Pike, on two charges each of burglary, criminal trespass, criminal mischief and escape.
A township officer on foot patrol at the hotel was investigating an odor of marijuana just before 9 p.m. Thursday when he spotted a man running into a room, according to a news release from the department.
Officers identified the suspect as Velez-Irizarry, 27, of South Sherman Street in York and determined he was wanted in York County for burglary.
“But when they entered the room to take him into custody, they found that he had fled from the room through a hole that he had cut into the wall into the next room. … He then fled from police and could not be immediately located,” according to the release.
Neither of the two rooms had been rented out, the officers learned.
Three hours later, officers spotted Velez-Irizarry hiding behind a dumpster at a nearby shopping center and arrested him after a foot pursuit and struggle, police said.
Velez-Irizarry appeared Friday before District Justice David P. Miller and was to be remanded to Lancaster County Prison in lieu of $250,000 bail, according to online court records.
Previous escape: Thursday's disappearing act was just the latest of Velez-Irizarry’s alleged escapades.
He was arrested Sept. 18 by Springettsbury Township Police after a 12:30 p.m. incident at the Quality Inn, 2600 E. Market St. Alleged victim Joanna Kinard, the defendant's onetime girlfriend, told police he had struck her on the chin, according to charging documents.
Velez-Irizarry had fled the motel before officers arrived, but he was stopped on Route 30 near the Wrightsville exit by Hellam Township Police, at which point Springettsbury Sgt. Brian Wilbur took custody of him, police said.
The sergeant handcuffed Velez-Irizarry behind his back, put him in the back seat of the cruiser and headed to the county's central booking unit in York City, police said.
At some point, Velez-Irizarry asked Wilbur to roll down a rear window because it was hot, and Wilbur did, according to police.
But Velez-Irizarry had managed to slip one of his hands out of the handcuffs, police said.
In the area of Route 30 and North Sherman Street, he reached his hand out the window and opened the rear cruiser door using the exterior handle, documents state.
He made a run for it, crossing both eastbound lanes of Route 30 and darting through traffic, police allege.
Wilbur and two other Springettsbury officers chased down the escapee on foot and captured him, documents state.
Velez-Irizarry posted bond on that case and was released that night, according to records. In addition to escape, Springettsbury Township Police filed charges of resisting arrest, reckless endangerment and simple assault.
Burglary charge: On Wednesday, Velez-Irizarry appeared before of York City District Judge James Morgan on a burglary charge, for which the judge set bail at $50,000. Because of that, he wasn't free to leave, according to charging documents.
But before state Constable Carl Barley could handcuff Velez-Irizarry and take him into custody, the defendant ran from Morgan's 1215 Roosevelt Ave. office, officials said.
York City Police filed charging documents Thursday afternoon to obtain an arrest warrant for Velez-Irizarry.
His burglary charging documents allege he broke into Kinard's home, confronted her and stole her cellphone from her hand.
Documents also allege he continues to call and harass Kinard, even though she's obtained a protection-from-abuse order against him.
Although Manheim Township Police list Velez-Irizarry’s address as South Sherman Street in York, local charging documents indicate he gave York County authorities an address of 720 N. Shippen St. in Lancaster.