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Slippery suspect canít elude capture

By Holly Hollman
hhollman@decaturdaily.com ∑ 340-2445

ELKMONT — A suspect played Houdini on Tuesday but made the mistake of returning to the scene of the alleged crime, according to an investigator.

Limestone County Sheriff's Department Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt said a deputy responded to a domestic violence call in the 24000 block of Elkton Road at 6:40 p.m.

McNatt said Brandon Lee Rogers, 19, of 21278 Myrtlewood Drive, Athens, allegedly was harassing his girlfriend at her home.

"She had red marks on her," he said.

When the deputy arrested Rogers, the suspect allegedly struck his head intentionally on the patrol car, damaging the left corner panel, McNatt said.

Then Rogers, sitting with his hands cuffed behind him, somehow managed to slip out of the car's back seat while the deputy talked to the victim.

"The suspect wasn't gone too long," McNatt said.

And the suspect didn't venture too far.

McNatt said he returned to his girlfriend's house with his hands cuffed in the front.

"Somehow he slipped his cuffed hands under himself and got them to the front," McNatt said. "Why he returned to the house, I don't know."

Rogers was in the county jail Wednesday, charged with third-degree domestic violence, second-degree criminal mischief, destruction of state property and third-degree escape. Bond was not set.

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