Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's deputies and canines were in the Duncanville area searching for a handcuffed man who escaped police custody Monday morning who has not yet been found.

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Deputy Jessica McDaniel, a spokesperson for TCSO, said deputies were scouring an area of Argonne Forest and Bearmont Road near Duncanville searching for a man who escaped custody.

An emergency alert sent to area residents described the handcuffed man as having red hair under a baseball cap who was wearing a black sweatshirt.

McDaniel said canine tracking units searched for the man Monday morning, but told the THread at 9:25 Monday morning that TCSO no longer believes the man is in that area.

UPDATE: TCSO said just before 1 p.m. that the suspect is back in custody and more information will come soon. 

Just after 4 p.m., McDaniel sent a news release about the Monday morning escape and search. She said deputies were called to Argonne Forest Drive on a welfare check, and while on scene, they detained and secured 23-year-old Caleb Blake Herron in handcuffs and left him in the back of a patrol car.

Law enforcement stepped away to continue their business on the property, and when they returned to the patrol car, they found the young man was gone.

"Upon review of the camera footage, it showed Herron maneuvered his handcuffs to escape the unit. An IPaws message with the suspect’s description was sent to residents in the area, a K-9 unit was deployed and the Crime Suppression Unit was positioned within the perimeter," McDaniel said. "Members of the community began making calls to report the sighting of the suspect. Herron was taken into custody shortly thereafter."


As of 4:30, Herron had been jailed and charged with fourth-degree theft of property, unlawful possession of a controlled substance and third-degree escape, which is a felony.

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