Suspect who escaped from squad car found in attic

By Anna Marie Hartman - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A suspect who escaped from a locked Memphis squad car while still in handcuffs was later found hiding in someone's attic.

Jessie Mitchell said he was glad his former neighbor Robert Maness, Jr. is behind bars.

"I didn't like him much anyway," Mitchell said.  "He didn't look right."

Maness is accused of robbing the house next door to Mitchell last month.

Michael Tigner, the alleged victim, said the police have the wrong man.

"He's a good friend of ours," Tigner said, "and I do believe OCU and the detectives have made a mistake."

Maness's charges have been piling up after police captured him once.  Investigators tracked down Maness at a home on Graham Wednesday.  He was arrested but managed to escape.

Police said Maness was in handcuffs in the back of a squad car when he managed to pry off the door panel, unlock the door, open it and run out.

Later that day, police found Maness covered in insulation, hiding in an attic of a home on Cedell in Frayser.  

Police said Maness's blue shirt sleeve was poking out of the insulation.  It was the same shirt he was wearing when he was booked into the Shelby County jail.

Maness is charged with aggravated robbery, escape and vandalizing police property.  He is also charged with assaulting a police officer after he was caught hiding in the attic.

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