Man Helps Burglary Suspect Escape from Squad Car

Posted on: 3:25 pm, October 3, 2012, by , updated on: 04:32pm, October 3, 2012

(Memphis) Conrad Nelson saw the scene Saturday, two men getting arrested; one for escaping out of a squad car, the other for helping him.

“Two wrongs can’t make no right,” said Nelson.

It started when Memphis Police pulled a car over on Pendleton and Arlington.

Deredious Otis, its driver, was suspected of a burglary earlier in the day. A quick run of his name linked him to an arrest warrant in Arkansas for a different burglary.

“There is a lot of stuff going on around here that need to be taken care of,” Nelson said.

And that’s what police did, placing Otis under arrest. Then came his accomplice, investigators say, 18-year-old Watarious Banks.

While the officer was writing up the arrest report in the front seat, police say Banks was letting Otis out of the backseat of the squad car.

Both guys took off and disappeared in into the Pendleton Place apartments.

“I think it was crazy for him to do that,” said Nelson.

Officers lost the suspects, but they didn’t get far.

Moments later, police heard what sounded like someone kicking down a door.

They saw the men going into an apartment.

“Somebody could have gotten hurt,” Nelson said.

The men were arrested, one caught as he jumped out of the back window of the two story apartment, but he didn’t go down without a fight.

Police say, He kicked an officer in the chest. Nelson is grateful both are behind bars, “[We’ve] got to slow down on the crime rate.”

Otis is charged with Assault, Escaping from Felony Incarceration, and Evading Arrest, just to name a few. He is in jail on $60,000 bond.