Escape attempt lands LA woman in court

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By Tris DeRoma

After a recent escape attempt from the Los Alamos Police Department, Susan Reass will be getting her day in magistrate court March 4. There she will be officially read the charge against her, “escape from a peace officer.” The charge is a fourth-degree felony.
On Feb. 16, police arrested Reass on a probation violation around 1 a.m. When police attempted to process her into the Los Alamos County Detention Center, the report said they found her blood alcohol level was over acceptable limits to be admitted into the jail, and so she had to be sent to the Los Alamos Medical Center for evaluation.
While there, Reass asked the officers escorting her if she could use the bathroom at least two times. On both occasions, officers released her from her handcuffs to use a bathroom that was located next to the entryway to the hospital’s emergency room.
According to court documents, on her second trip to the bathroom, Reass apparently fled through a side door in the bathroom that led out into the hospital’s triage unit, with officers standing just 10 feet away near the emergency room.
According to court documents, officers immediately became suspicious when Reass didn’t answer inquiries from a nurse after four minutes of being in the bathroom.
“I immediately went through all the doors and checked the area in which she may have gone, including checking the parking lot to attempt to locate Ms. Reass,” said Cpl. Joseph Robinson in the report. Police then proceeded to check all four floors of the hospital as well as the parking lot again.
Reass was later apprehended by Cp. Adam Jung outside her house in the 3400 block of Pueblo Street.
She was handcuffed again, brought back to LAMC, cleared and brought back to the Los Alamos County Detention Center where she was booked. She was later released on her own recognizance through an order from District Court Judge Sheri Raphaelson.

Susan Reass's escape

Two comments:

(1) The folks at LAPD must be a couple of cans short of a six-pack to permit her to escape. All one of them had to do was escort her to the bathroom and wait outside until she emerged -- there's no back door, after all.

(2) I see no reason whatsoever that Susan Reass's escape attempt should be a felony. Felony crimes should be reserved for crimes that involved violence towards others and substantial property theft. Both state and Federal governments have made rather innocuous "crimes" into felonies. I think this is morally reprehensible and we should strive to change such laws.