Man escapes from YCSO deputy after being handcuffed

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Miguel Jerry Zepeda By Andrew Michalscheck Miguel Jerry Zepeda By Andrew Michalscheck

VILLAGE OF OAK CREEK, Ariz. -- Deputies with the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office are searching for a man who was able to escape after being placed under arrest early Thursday morning.

YCSO said at approximately 12:30 a.m. a deputy came into contact with 22-year-old Miguel Jerry Zepeda in the Village of Oak Creek.

The deputy reportedly determined that Zepeda had been contributing to the delinquency of a minor and littering. According to YCSO, Zepeda also provided a fake name and birth date when speaking to the deputy.

Zepeda was subsequently arrested, placed in handcuffs, and seated outside the deputy’s vehicle while they continued their investigation.

Moments later, Zepeda proceeded to stand up and flee the scene. The deputy attempted to restrain Zepeda but he was able to run off.

Zepeda was last seen wearing a red t-shirt, plaid shorts and tennis shoes. He also had his hands handcuffed behind his back.

Zepeda reportedly got into a silver station wagon that was driven by a woman who appeared to be about 40 years old. The vehicle was seen going south on Highway 179.

Zepeda is facing charges that include contributing to the delinquency of a minor, theft, escape, and aggravated assault on a police officer.

He is also facing a marijuana possession charge because pot was found in the vehicle he had been occupying.

Anyone with any information about Zepeda’s whereabouts is asked to contact YCSO or Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232.