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Search for Torrance courthouse escapee suspended

January 11, 2012 |  1:56 pm

Torrance courthouse
Authorities have suspended their search Wednesday for a man suspected in a Redondo Beach burglary who escaped from court custody Wednesday during an arraignment and bail hearing.

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.

Navarro was last seen running eastbound from the courthouse on Maricopa Street.

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.


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Photo: Torrance courthouse. Credit: KTLA-TV