The one who got away

Suspect escapes handcuffs, finds way out of police cruiser

Sierra Gentry Rhodes on the run

By Mindy Ragan Wood
Staff Writer

A man who was arrested and in the backseat of a Yukon police car escaped earlier this week and remains at large.

Officers stopped Sierra Gentry Rhodes, 24, for a traffic violation around 1:30 a.m. Sunday near 500 block of Elm Avenue, according to a prepared statement from Yukon police.

Rhodes gave false names to the officers but when they discovered his identity, they arrested him for outstanding warrants in two other counties.

Rhodes was in handcuffs, but still managed to escape from the back of the vehicle. Patrol cars have cages between the back and front seats and the rear doors are locked.

“We have learned that a lot of people can be very agile and get their handcuffs in front of them,” YPD Major John Brown said. “Somehow he was able to get out of the car.”

Brown said the window was cracked slightly to allow air flow and they believe he was probably able to force the window down after he got his handcuffs in front of him.

“We won’t know for sure until we catch him,” Brown said.

Rhodes is wanted on warrants in Oklahoma County for possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of a firearm after a former conviction, possession of stolen property and eluding police.

In Pottawatomie County he has a warrant for failure to appear in court.

Police do not believe Rhodes is still in Yukon. He does not have a residence and is likely staying with friends, the statement reads. Rhodes is a white male.

Anyone with information may contact the YPD at 405-354-2553.