Manhunt underway for inmate who escaped from Harris County Jail while still wearing handcuffs

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HOUSTON — The search is on for an inmate who managed to escape Monday night from the Harris County Jail, the Houston Police Department said.

An officer with Harris County Sheriff's Office Pct. 4 was taking the handcuffed prisoner to be processed into the downtown jail around 10:30 p.m. when, somehow, the prisoner managed to get away.

Houston police and a K-9 unit were called to assist in the search, but the inmate could not be found.

"We checked the bayous and streams in the area. We were unable to locate the suspect at this time,” HPD Lt. Larry Crowson said.

The name of the suspect, who was being arrested for a misdemeanor, has not been released.

The NewsFix crew started to wonder how an inmate slips away while still wearing handcuffs, so it turned to professional escape artist Daniel Bauer — a modern-day Houdini!

Bauer said a good bobby pin or paper clip can easily do the trick as he demonstrated his technique.

“Once you place the actual piece back into the handcuff, you can actually unlock the handcuff with a paperclip just like so.”