Nevada County Sheriff’s Office on lookout for escapee |

Nevada County Sheriff’s Office on lookout for escapee

John William Grimes' booking photo from 2013

A Grass Valley man remained on the loose Monday night after reportedly escaping from the back of a patrol car.

As of 7 p.m., deputies were still searching for John William Grimes, 31, who was handcuffed when he fled the patrol vehicle on Ridge Road.

Nevada County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 11000 block of Ridge Road at about 1 p.m. Monday for a domestic violence call, said Capt. Jeff Pettitt.

At the scene, they detained Grimes, who was handcuffed and placed in the back of a patrol vehicle, Pettitt said.

While the deputies were continuing their investigation, Grimes was able to escape from the vehicle and flee on foot, according to Pettitt.

A BOLO was issued, as well as a "city watch" phone alert.

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Grimes was described as having blond hair and blue eyes, wearing jeans and a gray shirt with vertical purple stripes. He is unarmed and handcuffed. Anyone with information was encouraged to call the Sheriff's Office at 530-265-1471.

He currently is wanted on felony domestic violence and felony escape charges, said Sgt. Justin Martin.

"We have been receiving a lot of call from people asking us to check garages and outbuildings, so we will probably be searching into the night," Martin said.

Grimes was arrested in June 2013 after he allegedly tied up and assaulted a man in a robbery. He faced charges of first-degree residential burglary, robbery while using a deadly weapon and causing great bodily injury, assault with a deadly weapon, assault causing bodily injury, false imprisonment by violence and criminal threats — but ended up pleading no contest to a burglary charge in return for 180 days in county jail and three years supervised probation.

According to court records, a violation of probation was filed against Grimes in November of last year, which he contested. He also faces a petty theft charge stemming from a February arrest, and charges of spousal abuse and damaging a phone in an April arrest. He was scheduled to appear on all those cases June 16.

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email or call 530-477-4229.

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