March 20, 2013

Suspect who fled police used grinder to remove handcuffs

By David Hench
Staff Writer

ALFRED — A 31-year-old York County man, who escaped from a cruiser while handcuffed, is back in custody nursing singed wrists after grinding off the cuffs.

Kevin Lawlor, of Standish, turned himself in to York County Sheriff's deputies in Buxton at 1 a.m. Wednesday after deputies in York and Cumberland counties spent almost two days searching for him. He faces a felony charge of receiving stolen property and a misdemeanor charge of escape.

A deputy stopped Lawlor's pickup truck at about 1:15 a.m. Monday in Cornish and put Lawlor in his cruiser in handcuffs after spotting valuable metals in the back of the truck that were suspected to have been stolen. Deputies recovered about $10,000 in stolen carbide, according to the sheriff's office.

When the deputy was interviewing Lawlor's alleged accomplice, a passenger in the pickup, Lawlor escaped from the back of the cruiser and fled while handcuffed behind his back.

Lawlor was able to step back through his arms to get the cuffs in front of him, then used a grinder to get them off, said Maj. Thomas Baran.

"He has some burn marks as a result of the grinder obviously getting close to the skin," Baran said.



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