A suspect who slipped out of handcuffs and escaped a patrol car before being apprehended in a convenience store cooler in McLoud last week has been formally charged in Pottawatomie County District Court.
Roy Lee Roberts Jr. 34,of Krebs, is charged with possession of a firearm after former felony conviction, a felony; as well as the misdemeanors of escape from arrest or detention and obstructing an officer.
He remained jailed Wednesday night in the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center on a $15,000 bond. Roberts, who is also a defendant in a Pittsburg County manslaughter case, court records show, is scheduled for a jury trial in May and court records show a motion to revoke his bond has been filed in that matter.
Roberts was under arrest in McLoud last Wednesday when he escaped handcuffs and fled from the officers transporting him to jail.
McLoud Police Chief Wes Elliott said officers responding to a suspicious vehicle call overnight contacted Roberts in a vehicle and he allegedly refused to exit, prompting a short standoff with that suspect allegedly having a gun. Roberts eventually surrendered to officers, Elliott said, and did have a firearm.
As Roberts was being taken to jail, he was able to slip out of the cuffs and escape the moving patrol car before running to the convenience store, where he tried to hide in the cooler before being arrested there a second time.
A next court date in Pottawatomie County is expected for Roberts on April 17.
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