Purse theft suspect escapes after being handcuffed to hospital bed

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A man who escaped police custody remains at large.

West Memphis Police Department said the whole ordeal started when they saw Jeremy Demarcus Fletcher steal a purse out of a woman's car at a truck stop Tuesday.

Fletcher drove away with officers chasing closely behind him. He eventually crashed into a police car on the Hernando-DeSoto Bridge. He was taken to Regional Medical Center to be treated for his injuries.

While Fletcher was handcuffed to a hospital bed, he requested to go to the bathroom. From there he slipped out of custody, carjacked a woman, and drove off.

"He came running out with his gown on and everything, and he carjacked a lady here in front," one witness said. "He's got a gown on. He's got the little heart monitors on his chest."

After escaping, Fletcher eventually jumped out of the car. The woman, who was not injured, drover herself and her children back to Regional Medical Center.

Fletcher has a lengthy criminal history including assaults and robberies in West Memphis and Memphis, according to WMPD.

Memphis Police Department released the following photo of Fletcher:

If you have any information about his whereabouts, contact Crime Stoppers at 901-528-COPS.

Copyright 2017 WMC Action News 5. All rights reserved.