A man who has been on the lam since he escaped, handcuffed, from a sheriff’s patrol vehicle Monday and who then fled from Grass Valley police Tuesday night was arrested after he reportedly tried to make a swim for it at Scotts Flat Lake Thursday night.
The authorities had been searching for John William Grimes, 31, since about 1 p.m. Monday.
Nevada County sheriff’s deputies had been dispatched to a residence in the 11000 block of Ridge Road for a domestic violence call and detained Grimes.
While the deputies were continuing their investigation, Grimes reportedly was able to escape from the patrol vehicle, while handcuffed, and flee on foot.
A BOLO was issued, as well as a “city watch” phone alert; Grimes was described as having blond hair and blue eyes, and anyone with information was encouraged to call the sheriff’s office at 530-265-1471.
According to Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal, a number of tips placed Grimes in a variety of locations, including Cascade Shores.
Grass Valley police officers had responded to East Main Street and Sierra College Drive a little after 7 p.m. Tuesday after a caller reported seeing Grimes leaving a liquor store on foot.
Officers spotted a man matching Grimes’ description, who no longer was handcuffed, in the wooded area behind Chapa De, but he took off.
Officers searched the woods and ended up arresting another man they reportedly found hiding in an abandoned building.
Grimes’ escapade came to an end Thursday night after deputies were tipped off that he was in Cascade Shores, Royal said.
The anonymous tipster called at about 6:15 p.m. to report seeing a man believed to be Grimes on Santa Fe Trail near the shore of the lake.
Deputies did not find Grimes on an area check, but witnesses reported seeing a man matching his description jump into the water and swim toward the boat launch, Royal said.
When they arrived at the launch area off Lake Lane, they found Grimes sitting on a bench and took him into custody with no further incident, Royal said, adding that Grimes was found with a ziplock bag of waterlogged marijuana in a backpack.
Grimes was booked into county jail and was being held in lieu of $200,000 bail. A criminal complaint was filed with charges of spousal abuse, second-degree robbery, vandalism and escape from custody with serious bodily injury.
Grimes was arraigned Friday and is set to enter a plea Monday.
He also is scheduled to appear in court on a number of criminal cases on June 16 — a petty theft charge stemming from a February arrest, charges of spousal abuse and damaging a phone in an April arrest and a violation of probation in a June 2013 case in which he allegedly tied up and assaulted a man in a robbery.
In that case, he had pleaded no contest to a burglary charge in return for 180 days in county jail and three years’ supervised probation.
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