Man in police custody escapes while officer takes bathroom breakBy Mason White 5:14 PM July 22, 2015
By: Feng Qian
A police officer of Florida, messed up on the job when he took a bathroom break while watching a prisoner.
The officer arrested Alan Rossomangno, 34, for shoplifting, and he was not feeling well so he was taken to a hospital.
While he was at the hospital, Rossomangno was under police custody. However, when the officer went to the bathroom, the suspect left, according to police.
The West Palm Beach police arrested Rossomangno on Wednesday, after he was caught shoplifting at a Home Depot, police said.
During his detention, the official noticed that he appeared to be suffering from drug withdrawal, so he was taken to the St. Mary Medical Center.
While waiting for the paperwork to be processed, one of the officers went to the bathroom. When he returned, Rossomangno was gone.
The officer ran around the hospital looking for Rossomangno.
Police traced Rossomangno using security cameras and the GPS on his cellphone. He was found at a nearby McDonald’s, where he was arrested.
Rossomangno, who is facing shoplifting charges, is now facing additional charges of escaping while in lawful custody and resisting arrest.
He is being held in the Palm Beach County jail without bail.