Man arrested for burglary escapes Scotia police headquarters

Davon Ballard (Scotia PD)

SCOTIA, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A Schenectady man under arrest for burglary escaped the Scotia police headquarters.

Around 9 a.m., a Washington Road resident called to report an unknown male inside her enclosed porch; however, the suspect had left the scene prior to police arrival.

Scotia police said the porch’s door screen had been cut to gain entry and another screen was removed from a window inside. A search for the suspect began in the neighborhood with the assistance of Glenville police.

A man matching the suspect’s description was spotted around 9:15 a.m. in the area of Jumpin’ Jacks. When approached by officers, the man fled, which led to a brief foot pursuit by both Glenville and Scotia officers.

The man was later taken into custody and positively identified as the burglar, according to police. He was later identified as 22-year-old Davon Ballard.

Ballard was taken to Scotia police headquarters where he asked to use the restroom around 11:15 a.m. Ballard was taken to the facilities without handcuffs but wearing leg shackles. An officer stood guard outside the door, which could not be locked, according to police.

When the officer asked Ballard if he was finished, the officer did not receive a response. After asking a second time and still not receiving a response, the officer opened the door and saw Ballard outside running from the bathroom window.

Police said the window has no security features and is partially obstructed by a fire escape.

Scotia police, Glenville police and the Schenectady County Sheriff’s Office searched for Ballard, who was located and apprehended six minutes later two blocks away, according to police.

In connection to the burglary, Ballard was charged with Burglary in the Second Degree, Obstructing Governmental Administration in the Second Degree, two counts of Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree and Resisting Arrest.

In connection to the escape, Ballard was charged with Escape in the Second Degree, Obstructing Governmental Administration in the Second Degree and Resisting Arrest.

He was arraigned in Scotia Village Court and remanded to the Schenectady County Jail on $100,000 bail.

The police chief said actions will be taken to ensure that an escape doesn’t happen again.

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