Woman picks handcuffs, walks out of Northern Police Station 

This wasn’t the perp walk police had in mind.

A burglary suspect managed to pick the lock on her handcuffs and escape from a Western Addition police precinct last weekend, but was found nearly a day later near the Civic Center, police said.

Sonya Espinoza, 20, of San Francisco had reportedly been in custody at Northern Station on Fillmore and Turk streets Sunday night. She had been detained about 5 p.m. that day related to a car burglary at Polk and Hayes streets.

Espinoza was sent to a female holding area, according to Officer Gordon Shyy, but went missing about 7:45 p.m. Officers reportedly found evidence that she had used a metal shim to free herself from her handcuffs while she was in the holding area. Espinoza then apparently exited the station’s east door onto Fillmore Street, Shyy said.

Police tracked down Espinoza about 5 p.m. Monday night in the 200 block of Van Ness Avenue. This time she was arrested and booked without incident, Shyy said.

An internal investigation has been launched into how Espinoza managed to escape, according to police.

It wasn’t the first time Espinoza attempted to deceive cops. She lied about her identity when she was first arrested on suspicion of burglarizing a car, Shyy said.

At the time of her arrest, she reportedly had a no-bail warrant out of Alameda County for possession of a controlled substance.

Following her escape, Espinoza was booked on suspicion of escaping custody, on the Alameda County warrant, and on another misdemeanor warrant issued earlier by BART police.

Her alleged accomplice in the vehicle burglary, 37-year-old Rayleand Barnett of San Francisco, was booked on charges of burglary, possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools, probation violation, altering markings on an imitation firearm, and conspiracy.

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