Kenneth Como...a 31-year-old follower of Charles Manson... escaped has from a maximum security cell at?
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Background: Kenneth Como...a 31-year-old follower of Charles Manson... escaped has from a maximum security cell at the Hall of Justice in downtown Los Angeles today. After six-hours of running from police, he was captured in West Hollywood.
Como was in a 13th-floor cell at the Hall of Justice. He sawed his way out of the cell....cut through a window...and lowered himself down to the 8th floor, using ropes made of sheets and mattress covers.
Como then broke a window, reentered the building and apparently walked Police believe other Manson followers were waiting outside in a van. The van was spotted a short time later on Sunset Boulevard, and authorities began throwing up roadblocks in an attempt to keep the fugitive bottled up.
The van sideswiped a parked car no North Gardner Street near Sunset, and Como fled...but only for a few hours.
Channel 4 newsmen Joe Ramirez and Warren Wilson have reports on the Como search....and escape.
A three-block residential area of lest Hollywood was sealed off in attempts to keep Como from slipping through the dragnet.
Como had managed to evade capture earlier when he fled or foot after crashing his getaway ??? van into a parked car.
The compact van belonged to some of Mansen's female followers--deputies said. It contained clothing and other belongings.... It also contained several knives.
A family member, Sandra Good, was found in the van after Como abandoned it. She was promptly arrested.
The house-to-house search for Como continued throughout the morning. 70 sheriffs deputies combed the neighborhood...from rooftops to cellers. Although none of the residents saw Como, at least one heard him when he was being pursued by sheriff's officers.
But, Como managed to hide...and it was mid-morning before he was finally captured.
The area had been searched 3 times before deputies found Como hiding in a shed behind a home on north Gardner street. The suspect was unarmed...and he surrendered without a struggle.
Como was taken to the west Hollywood sheriff's station where he was searched, then transferred to County Jail. 6 on the Manson family members were arrested connection with Como's latest escape attempt. Joe Ramirez, KNBC News.