Slippery suspect escapes cops in handcuffs, caught after short chase 

Not again!

A slippery robbery suspect bound in handcuffs escaped San Francisco cops while he was being booked into the county jail on Seventh Street at around 5 p.m. Tuesday.

But police and at least one off-duty sheriff’s deputy gave chase, apprehending the suspect nearby on Sherman Street, which is between Harrison and Folsom streets, San Francisco Sheriff’s Department spokesman Eileen Hirst said Thursday.

The chase “lasted a total of maybe five minutes,” Hirst said. “It was extremely fast.”



The suspect, 22-year-old Virgil Ard, was being hauled in on a robbery charge when he darted from the sally port, a secured entryway where suspects are booked into jail, Hirst said. The doors to the entryway had opened onto Seventh Street to allow a car to exit, and Ard used that as an opportunity to make a run for it, she said.

“He was immediately pursued by SFPD and at least one off-duty sheriff’s deputy,” Hirst said.

Ard was additionally charged with escape and resisting arrest, Hirst added.

This was at least the second escape attempt this year by a handcuffed man.

On Jan. 2, 33-year-old Brian Jenkins kicked out the window of a police car and ran off. He was arrested blocks away and taken back into custody, according to police.

Jenkins allegedly had been using a razor blade to deface posters at Zeitgeist in the Mission district after being denied entry into the closed bar.

He escaped while the cop was inside the bar completing the report.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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