Police say Alonzo Perez has an Air Jordan tattoo on his neck

By Blake Bakkila
Updated September 05, 2016 01:25 PM
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Credit: North Las Vegas Police Department

A murder suspect is now on the loose after allegedly escaping custody by breaking out of his handcuffs while being questioned by Nevada detectives on Friday, according to several reports.

25-year-old Alonso Perez was being questioned on Friday by North Las Vegas police for allegedly shooting 31-year-old Mohammed Robinson, according to CBS8. When detectives left the interview room, Perez allegedly twisted his handcuffs until he managed to free himself, a police spokesperson told NBC News.

Authorities alleged Perez subsequently stole a white Ford pickup truck, which was recovered on Saturday. A tweet posted to the police department’s account stated: “The Ford F-250 truck that was taken in yesterday’s escape was located and returned to the owner. Alonso Perez is still on the run.”

Police described Perez as a 6-foot-3, 200-pound Hispanic man with black hair, brown eyes and a goatee, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. He also has a 3-inch Air Jordan logo tattoo on the left side of his neck, the paper reports.

The department posted a photo of Perez in a tweet Friday after his escape.

“Murder suspect Alonso Perez escaped custody,” the tweet said. “He has an Air Jordan tattoo under his left ear. If seen call 911.”

Of Perez’s alleged escape, police spokesperson Aaron Patty told NBC News, “I’ve never seen anything like this in my career.”

Family members told KSNV that Robinson was shot and killed after he did not hold the door open for a woman at a McDonald’s.

They expressed anger over Perez’s alleged escape.

“You are interviewing a murder suspect,” Robinson’s sister, Maggie Robinson, told KSNV. “You couldn’t have another person there? … I don’t understand it at all.”

Patty told NBC News that authorities are looking into the details of the alleged escape.

“Believe me, this is the last thing we wanted to happen,” he said. “We located him. We apprehended him. This wasn’t something intentional.”