A Sweetwater man gave police the slip Christmas Day, even though he was locked up in the back seat of a patrol car.

Sweetwater Police Officer Chris Corona said he was sent to a house on Chapel Avenue just after 2 a.m. where he found a woman bleeding from her mouth. She told him her boyfriend, Samuel Santos Vasquez-Perez, had assaulted her and was in the bedroom.

Corona said he found Perez and placed him under arrest for assault, handcuffing him behind his back and placing him in the backseat of his locked patrol car.

Corona said he went back into the house and talked to the woman who said she and Perez had been arguing during the day and he punched her in the mouth as they were standing in the bedroom. Corona said her upper lip was swollen and cut and bleeding.

Corona said he went back outside and found Perez had somehow gotten the back window down and took off. He asked the sheriff’s K-9 officer to come and help search for Perez, but he wasn’t to be found.

Perez, 19, Chapel Avenue, Sweetwater, will be charged with domestic assault, escape and theft of handcuffs.

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