Man in custody escapes from Pacific court

Staff writerSeptember 12, 2013 

Jacob Badilla

COURTESY PHOTO — Pacific police

A man escaped from municipal court in Pacific Thursday and remained at large that night, Pacific police said.

“He was an inmate in custody and he did escape,” police spokeswoman Stephanie Shook said. “Fully shackled and in a jail uniform. To us, it’s amazing that he didn’t get caught. He literally looks like a jail bird.”

Jacob Badilla, 32, was in court for a misdemeanor charge of driving with a suspended license, Shook said.

He has an outstanding felony warrant for his arrest in Pierce County for a residential burglary charge.

A Pacific corrections officer was tending to another prisoner about 10 a.m., one of eight in the process of being taken back to the jail, when Badilla fled, according to the department.

Officials did not say specifically how that happened.

Officers from Pacific, Algona, Auburn, Sumner and Fife searched for the man, and a K-9 track was used, but he was not found.

alexis.krell@thenewstribune.com

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