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North Las Vegas police admit mistake in Alonso Perez escape

Posted at 8:32 PM, Sep 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-08 18:45:36-04

North Las Vegas police admit they made a mistake in the Alonso Perez case.

Perez was taken into custody Tuesday evening near Charleston Boulevard and Palm Street in Las Vegas.

"I wish it had not happened, but it did," said Chief Alexander Perez. "Now we take steps to prevent it from happening again."

Chief Perez said the suspect was wearing hinged handcuffs and shackles when he escaped police custody. He was also in a locked interrogation room.

Surveillance video shows the 25-year-old break the cuffs that were attached to a pipe on the table.

Chief Perez said the accused killer then climbed onto a chair and through the drop ceiling.

Police allege Alonso Perez shot and killed Mohammed Robinson Aug. 27 near North Las Vegas Boulevard and Pecos Road.

The North Las Vegas Police Department is conducting an internal investigation to ensure this never happens again.

Moving forward, each suspect will be closely monitored while in custody, Chief Perez said.


"It's like being struck by lightning, I've never seen it," said 13 Action News Crime and Safety expert retired Lt. Randy Sutton. "This guy had an amazing amount of strength or he had some type of technique that I've never heard of before."

Alonso Perez has been booked into the Clark County Detention Center on charges of murder with a deadly weapon, discharge a firearm into a building, escape and grand larceny auto.

The judge set his bail on Thursday morning to $1.62 million for all charges.