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Manhunt on for suspect
DETROIT -- Police are looking for a man who took an officer's gun and stole an ambulance to avoid going to jail, according to Detroit police Lt. Linda Vertin. The man, 23-year-old Deandre DeShon-Russell Riley of Detroit, was arrested about 1 a.m. today in a stolen car and taken to a western district headquarters.
About 6 a.m., Riley complained of being ill and was taken to Detroit Receiving Hospital. He then got into a fight with two police officers and took one of the officer's department-issued Glock handguns.
"They were handcuffing him to the bed at the time of the struggle," Vertin said.
Riley then forced a hospital clerk to walk him to the front door, where he let her go before he hopped into a private ambulance that contained three people, Vertin said.
When he drove off, Vertin said, a Wayne County sheriff's deputy fired a single shot at the vehicle but it "did not take effect," she said.
Sheriff's department officials were not immediately available for comment.
Riley drove the ambulance to Third and Canfield where he abandoned the vehicle and ran off.
"He is somewhere in the area, we don't know where," Vertin said.
The people in the ambulance did not suffer serious injuries in the incident, Vertin said. She could not say if the people were patients or ambulance workers.
Hospital officials declined comment but did not ask police for officers. The hospital has its own security team, officials said.
Riley initially gave police the name Cortez Rogers, which turned out to be a man serving time for armed robbery in a northern Michigan correctional facility. Vertin said a fingerprint check revealed Riley's true identity.
Vertin said she was not sure if police leaked incorrect information to the media this morning. The alias could have led to the mixup, police said.
Riley has had several contacts with the department. He currently is on probation for carrying a concealed weapon.
"We're unsure if he's armed or not, but we're considering him dangerous," Vertin said.
Vertin said anyone with information is asked to call (800) SPEAKUP.
Riley is described as a black male, 5 foot 6 inches tall, 150 pounds and who wears his hair in braids.
Spain and Hancock elementary schools are on lock down because of the search. At one point, Murray Wright High School also was on lockdown, according to broadcast media reports.
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