Video: Handcuffed suspect escapes after Va. cops let him take smoke break

Officers moved Kasey Wayne Johnson’s handcuffs to the front so he could smoke a cigarette and he fled

By Police1 Staff

BEDFORD, Va. — Police are searching for a suspect who took off in handcuffs after police let him take a smoke break. 

According to WSET, police arrested Kasey Wayne Johnson, 20, in reference to a stolen vehicle. He was brought to the station so warrants could be obtained. 


INMATE ON THE LOOSE: Take a look at this body cam video from the Bedford Police Department. Officers are currently looking for this man, Kasey Wayne Johnson. Police said they let him take a smoke break before taking him into court, and that's when he took off running. Read the full story here:

Posted by WFXR News on Thursday, August 3, 2017

Johnson reportedly asked police for a smoke break, so they moved his handcuffs to the front to allow him to smoke the cigarette. He fled shortly after. 

"The officer was being nice and allowing him to smoke a cigarette," Police Chief Todd Foreman said. "As he finished the cigarette, he threw the cigarette down and ran on-foot from us and was able to flee the officers and get away from the officers."

Johnson no longer has facial hair, as shown in his mugshot, and is wearing a shirt with three skulls on it. Police ask the public to call 911 if they see Johnson. 


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