Man Escapes Police On Crutches: James Roesch Hobbles To Momentary Getaway

04/27/2011 12:07 pm ET | Updated Jun 27, 2011

James Roesch was briefly able to elude Cook County sheriff's deputies Tuesday morning, in an escape made all the more daring by his hobbling around on crutches.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Roesch was headed to a bond hearing for a recent burglary arrest, when he slipped out of the Cook County Criminal Courts Building's first-floor hearing room and made his way out of the lobby.

At some point, he reportedly ditched his crutches and made an all-out run for it.

Moments later, the Chicago Tribune reports, the alert went out to police radios around the building: "Male, white! Bald! Crutches!"

Roesch was detained shortly after, about a half-block east of the courthouse. A deputy grabbed his crutches for evidence, and he was brought to his hearing. A sheriff's spokesperson said he would face felony escape charges.

How badly was he hurt to merit crutches? Authorities didn't say, but one sheriff's deputy, who chased Roesch during his flight, wasn't entirely convinced that he needed them.

"I have a feeling that's a bunch of (expletive)," the deputy said, according to the Tribune.

Roesch, 49, has racked up several felony convictions over the last 20 years, mostly for burglary, CBS reports. He was held on $500,000 bail at his hearing Tuesday, and is expected to be charged Wednesday for the escape attempt.