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Escape Attempt at Los Gatos Police Operations Building

Man wanted on a no-bail warrant is apprehended after running away from officer and fleeing into Blossom Manor neighborhood.

A 32-year-old man was arrested earlier this month after he allegedly tried to escape from Los Gatos-Monte Sereno police who had him in custody following his arrest for an outstanding no-bail warrant.

James Michael Schneider was detained at around noon Oct. 3 in the area of Shannon Road and was transported to the LGMSPD Operations Building on Los Gatos Boulevard for misdemeanor driving on a suspended license and the outstanding warrant.

However, after being taken to the police facility, prior to being booked at the Santa Clara County Jail, he allegedly escaped from officers while in the parking lot adjacent to the custody area of the building at about 12:37 p.m., said Los Gatos-Monte Sereno police Sgt. spokesman Kerry Harris.

Schneider is said to have run away from the officer who was with him, climbed over the facility’s perimeter fence and fled into the Blossom Manor neighborhood, according to Harris. 

Pursuing officers caught up with the suspect, and took him into custody in the back yard of a residence on Cherrystone Drive, just east of Camelia Terrace, Harris said.

The suspect was booked into county jail with the additional charge of resisting, delaying, or obstructing a police officer, which can be punishable by a fine not exceeding $1,000, or by imprisonment in a county jail not to exceed one year, or by both that fine and imprisonment.

"As much as was possible, police personnel contacted residents whose homes were near the site of the arrest, to let them know what had occurred," Harris said.

Jeanne Rajabzadeh October 24, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Frightening, glad he was caught quickly.
Leslie Alexander October 24, 2012 at 03:10 PM
When the police department built the facility, ey said that all those in custody would be driven into the station beyond a secure outer door before being taken from the police vehicle. That obviously was not done in this case. Citizens should contact the lg police department and inquire about this. I intend to do just that.
MichaelJ October 24, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Glad they caught him. Seems like a review of the current procedure is needed to make sure this does not happen again.
Sheila Sanchez (Editor) October 24, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Hi MichaelJ and Leslie, I've sent your concerns to Sgt. Harris and I've copied Chief Scott Seaman on that email. Waiting to hear back from them. I'm sure they have a good explanation for what happened. These are some of the best officers I've met in my 25-year career in the news biz ... and that's a lot of cops!
Sheila Sanchez (Editor) October 24, 2012 at 09:27 PM
Hi Leslie, Sgt. Kerry Harris just replied to our inquiry regarding your concern. Here's his answer: "As to the issue of a prisoner being outside the custody area garage, the facility was designed and built that prisoners would not be unsecured outside of the custody area. Clearly, that did not occur in this instance. Our policies and procedures regarding movement of individuals in custody, regardless of how minor are their offenses, is under review, as is staff training on appropriate prisoner handling. Any shortcomings that are identified in that policy or training standard have been, or will be corrected."
Irene Aida Garza-Ortiz October 25, 2012 at 05:05 AM
Glad they caught him as well. Just wished our penal system was better.
Peter Cook December 25, 2012 at 12:18 AM
It's a wonder that they didn't slap an additional charge on him for embarrassing the police.
joey March 09, 2013 at 01:15 AM
great guy its sad they had to arrest him for driving on a suspended license, that is what the warrant was for. As for the running was his fiancee's birthday and did not want to miss it. some people just love to judge people without knowing the facts. God is the only one who can do that and god will judge you one day to.

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