September 7, 2012
Prisoner pretending to be another man flees Toronto courthouse
By Ian Robertson, QMI Agency
In an unusual case of identity switcheroo, a downtown courthouse prisoner was set free after pretending to be another man, Toronto Police said Friday.
Jacob Allen Mann, of Scarborough, stood up in a College Park court the previous day when another prisoner failed to respond when an official called his name.
“He misrepresented himself,” then walked out of bail court and left the building, Const. Tony Vella said.
When cases are dismissed, an accused person no longer facing charges is free to leave, without having to visit a clerk’s window and sign papers.
Mann, 24, who police said has a violent past and should be considered dangerous, had been charged with assault, forcible confinement and failure to comply with a probation order.
A relative who investigators said was the victim of a forcible confinement has been alerted about the escape.
Vella said 52 Division officers are looking for Mann, who now faces a charge of being unlawfully at Large.
Mann was described as white, 5-foot-8, 147 pounds, with short, brown hair and tattoos on his left and right lower arms. He last lived in the Kingston Rd.-Queen St. E. area.
Anyone with information should call 911 or contact 52 Division officers at 416-808-5200, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637), or Leave A Tip on Facebook, www.facebook.com/torontopolice.
In a previous, similar incident, a 25-year-old man facing weapons- and drug-related charges escaped from the Brampton courthouse on Hurontario St. on April 8, 2011, after assuming another prisoner’s name. The switch was detected minutes later and his pal was charged with aiding an escape.
The accused escaper, Yul Delano Styles-Lyons, was arrested in the same courthouse last October. Facing charges of personation with intent and escaping lawful custody, his case is still before the courts, Peel Regional Police said Friday.