UPDATE: Handcuffed Suspect Fled Police Custody

A police search near Dixie and Flossmoor Road Tuesday night centered around a man wanted for traffic violations, who fled police custody.

Update, 3:51 p.m.

Police Tuesday night were searching for a man wanted for traffic violations, who fled from police custody after being handcuffed during a traffic stop earlier in the day, according to a statement from Homewood police. Police called off the search around midnight. The suspect had not been located, and is not considered dangerous, according to police. 

Officers used the suspect's driver's license, which had been left behind at the scene of the traffic stop, to locate his residence. When police arrived around 10 p.m., the suspect fled on foot into the grounds. K-9 units from Lynwood and Country Club Hills, along with a Cook County helicopter, were dispatched to help responding officers search the country club grounds and the surrounding area. The search was called off around 11:43 p.m. The suspect was not apprehended.

"The subject is not considered dangerous," Police Chief Larry Burnson said in the release. "He is wanted for traffic violations and escaping arrest; a warrant for arrest will be obtained by the Department."

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the Homewood Police Department at (708) 206-3420.

Update, 12:56 a.m.

The is holding off on all comments until at least tomorrow morning. They did say, however, that this was a non-violent affair and that there is no known threat to the safety of nearby residents.

Update, 11:30 p.m.

Shortly after 11 p.m., reports of a search helicopter and heavy police presence near  and  began coming in to the H-F Patch Facebook page. According to Flossmoor police, it was a Homewood call regarding someone who took off during a traffic stop.

Both and the Cook County Sheriff's police have thus far refused to comment.

We will update this article as more information becomes available.

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Joanne Houston-fath August 01, 2012 at 05:16 AM
are they on foot? they need to cheak my rv but really, who commits a crime and sticks around?
Ian Monroe August 01, 2012 at 05:33 AM
A glue thief.
Ryan Fitzpatrick (Editor) August 01, 2012 at 05:38 AM
Thanks for the video contribution, Sean Slutsky.
Joanne Houston-fath August 01, 2012 at 12:17 PM
hahaha good one Ian.
Keetch August 01, 2012 at 01:13 PM
Once again Homewood police not willing to comment. Big police activity Friday 7/27 along both sides of Kedzie by Coyote Run, obviously searching for something. Police chase resulted in big accident at 183rd & Kedzie, yet no information being shared with the public.
Christina August 01, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Nice video footage...?
Beth August 01, 2012 at 08:31 PM
The helicopter was shining the light down in our yard for an hour last night. When I called the Flossmoor Police Department to inquire, the dispatcher told me it was something that happened in Chicago Heights on Holbrook between Halsted and Dixie and that they were looking for someone. When asked if they could position squads on my street and the one behind me, I was told they were in the "middle of a shift change"! WTH ... that was real encouraging! Can Flossmoor not afford officers to work overtime?
Blind Dog Fulton August 01, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Who is the suspect? This community used to turn criminals in. About time we take a stand and say "No more, not here, not now. This is OUR community, not yours. Take a hike."
Kathy Crooks August 01, 2012 at 10:19 PM
I have a hard time believing the story the police are giving. Do traffic violations seriously require that kind of man power and expense of helicopters? Even in the assailant did flee police custody. We live on Terrace and Ashland Ave. and numerous police vehicles were driving around without headlights. When it started there were 3 helicopters. One doing a search and the other two were positioned to the east and west. Just an aweful high expense for tax payers.
linda stampley August 02, 2012 at 12:57 AM
Keetch, I have been looking for info on the 183rd Kedzie, Coyote Run situation since I drove past the scene and saw the ambulances, fire trucks, police cars, cops walking and looking at the ground along Coyote Run and HF, and have not found anything. In fact, your post is the first I have seen that even confirms what I saw. Was beginning to disbelieve my own eyes.
Juvenal August 02, 2012 at 03:41 AM
So..... a huge show of force to make up for the original blunder of letting a handcuffed man get away ..... and he's STILL at large? Well played HPD, well played.......
WA Mama August 02, 2012 at 03:55 AM
So the guy flees the police in cuffs, then goes home? To his house? That's a smart move. "Gee, I bet the cops won't check my house!"


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