EDMONTON (CP) — The RCMP are conducting
an internal investigation into the case of a prisoner who escaped
from a police car while the officer was buying coffee at Tim
The officer had stopped on the way to the Edmonton Remand
Centre, leaving his handcuffed prisoner in the back of the
unmarked car. When the officer returned, the bad guy was gone.
The prisoner bolted across the street to the Kingsway Garden
Mall and managed to trick a motorist into getting out of his
car by telling him his trunk was open. Police said that when
the unsuspecting driver went to check the trunk, the prisoner — still
handcuffed — jumped into the car and tried to drive off.
The driver struggled with the man and was dragged for about
10 metres until the car crashed into some garbage cans. He
suffered only minor injuries.
Boris Yaremko, the mall security supervisor, said security
cameras saw the suspicious behaviour.
“By that time, one of our guards was on scene and got
into the car via the front passenger door,” Yaremko said. “He
managed to pull on the parking brake.”
Curtis James Workman, 31, has been charged with escaping lawful
custody, robbery and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.