Police: Handcuffed man on lam for nine hours | NevadaAppeal.com

Police: Handcuffed man on lam for nine hours

by F.T. Norton
ftnorton@nevadaappeal.com

A Carson City man who allegedly escaped Lyon County Sheriff’s custody Tuesday after being arrested on a misdemeanor, was captured 9 hours later, still in handcuffs and hiding in the desert.

Alfred Will Sylva, 25, was wearing belly chains and handcuffs when he escaped custody from the Silver Springs Substation at

11:30 p.m. Tuesday

According to Lyon County Sheriff’s Sgt. Shawn Clanton, a deputy had taken Sylva back to the substation in Silver Springs and as he prepared paperwork, Sylva was placed in belly chains with one hand cuffed to the chain and the other to a bench.

Clanton said Sylva apparently slipped out of the cuff on the bench and escaped out of the back of the substation just after 11 p.m.

Members of the Lyon County Sheriff’s Department, Lyon County Search and Rescue and the Carson City Sheriff’s Department searched throughout the night and eventually located Sylva about 8:30 a.m. in the desert three-quarters of a mile from the Highway 50 and Highway 95 Alternate intersection.

Clanton said Sylva still was handcuffed, but had slipped the belly chains from around his waist. He allegedly made an attempt to run away as officers approached him Wednesday, but was recaptured and booked into the Lyon County Jail.

Clanton said Sylva’s initial arrest came about after he had repeatedly sent text messages to the mother of his child, despite being ordered by a judge to stay away.

He is being held on $18,000 bail on suspicion of gross misdemeanor escape and violation of a protection order.




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