Search for Torrance courthouse escapee suspended
The man, Danny O. Navarro, was making an appearance in Department 4 of the Torrance Courthouse in connection with a misdemeanor burglary charge.
The judge in the case was preparing to raise the defendant's bail to $70,000 from $20,000 when the man suddenly bolted about 10:30 a.m., Los Angeles County Sheriff's Capt. Mike Parker said.
Navarro was originally arrested in November by Redondo Beach police. He was dressed in street clothes and was not in custody when the hearing began.
Sheriff's deputies and Torrance police immediately set up a perimeter around the courthouse but by noon ended their search for Navarro.
“We know who he is, and it would be a good idea to turn himself in,” Parker said.
-- Andrew Blankstein
Photo: Torrance courthouse. Credit: KTLA-TV