Update: Escaped prisoner arrested without incident in Virginia Beach

Posted at 2:47 PM, Nov 26, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-01 09:15:29-05

UPDATE: Johnny Rondell Caffee, 44, was arrested on Sunday, November 29th without incident in the 200 block of Air Station Drive in Virginia Beach. 

He has been charged with Destruction of property, Eluding Police, Obstruction of Justice, Larceny, Escape without Force, two counts of Hit & Run-Unattended Vehicle, two counts of Reckless Driving, Revocation of Suspended Sentence, Driving with Suspended Operator’s License, two counts of Defective Equipment, No tags/Expired Tags.  He is currently being held in the Virginia Beach Correctional Center without bond.

Previous Story: Virginia Beach, Va. - Police are searching for a handcuffed prisoner who escaped from a patrol car in Virginia Beach early Thanksgiving morning.

Johnny Rondell Caffee

Johnny Rondell Caffee

44-year-old Johnny Rondell Caffee was last seen in the area of 22nd Street and Mediterranean Avenue wearing handcuffs.

Police say Caffee is not considered a threat to public safety, but they are concerned for his own safety due to his handcuffed position.

The incident began at approximately 12:13am when officers  observed a black Mercedes near 18th Street and Baltic Avenue driving with defective equipment.

The officers attempted to stop the Mercedes, but Caffee drove in a reckless manner to flee the area.

No police pursuit was initiated but a be-on-the-lookout was broadcast to other officers in the area.

Moments later, other officers saw the wrecked Mercedes a few blocks away and Caffee attempted to run from the scene.  He was apprehended after a short foot chase.

Caffee was placed in hand restraints behind his back and sat down in the rear seat of a marked patrol car.  The officers were outside their car investigating the crash scene when Caffee was able to free himself and run away.

Caffee is wanted for: Felony Eluding, Felony Escape without Force, Felony Larceny (3rd or subsequent offense), Capias (Revoked Sentence), Two counts of Reckless Driving, Two counts of Hit & Run (unattended vehicle), Two counts of Defective Equipment, Obstructing Justice, Suspended Operator’s License, Destruction of Property and Expired Tags/Registration.

Anyone with information relating to Caffee is asked to call Crime Solvers at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP (562-5887) or text VBTIP plus your tip to CRIMES (274637).