Police search for suspect they say stole squad car

April 11, 2010 7:42:36 PM PDT
A man is believed to be on the loose with a police-issue shotgun after investigators say he stole a squad car in east Harris County early Sunday morning. Police say the man, identified as Donnie Louis Knight, 40, was arrested during a traffic stop off the East Freeway, but somehow took the squad car, which was recovered later in northeast Houston.

Jacinto City police say it began around midnight when one of their officers noticed Knight speeding on I-10. The officer tried to pull him over, but Knight wouldn't stop and a chase was on. Officer say the plates of the vehicle came back stolen out of Georgia.

Eventually, Knight struck another vehicle and tried to escape on foot. Once the officer caught Knight, he cuffed him and put him into his squad car, and went to check on the other driver who had been struck.

Somehow, they say Knight was able to get his handcuffs to the front and steal the police car. The squad car was later found at an abandoned home on Wedgefield. A shotgun was missing from the trunk.

Members from a nearby church say they saw the stolen cruiser on their way to services. They became more concerned when their pastor told them what had happened.

"It raises a lot of concerns, me being a father and member of the church in the community," said Quincy Williams, who saw the stolen cruiser. "I think when things like this happen, that's when the community needs to come together."

"We have filed our charges on it," said Sgt. Dennis Walker with the Jacinto City Police Department. "He's considered armed and dangerous because he's removed the shotgun from the patrol unit."

Police released a picture of Knight. They're checking to see if he's got any outstanding warrants from Georgia.

If you see Knight or know where he is, you're asked to call the Jacinto City Police Department at 713-672-2455.


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