Paralyzed suspect 'rolled away'

Aug. 7, 2008 at 2:58 PM
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CINCINNATI, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Relatives of a paralyzed illegal immigrant charged with armed robbery in Ohio wheeled him away from a nursing home and he remains a fugitive.

Rogelio Santana, 27, was originally held under guard at a Cincinnati-area nursing home, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported. But prosecutors, believing that a man who couldn't move without assistance wasn't an escape risk, asked a judge to release him on bond. Hamilton County budget cuts had made stationing deputies at the nursing home difficult.

Assistant Prosecutor Ryan Nelson told a judge Wednesday that Santana "rolled himself away."

David Washington Jr., Santana's lawyer, said that Tuesday he went to the Greystone Communities nursing home in Dent, Ohio, and discovered his client had been gone for two weeks.

"I have no idea where he is," Washington said. "If you were being held and were facing over 100 years, what would you do?"

Santana was paralyzed in November when he was shot as he allegedly tried to hold up a store in Westwood, Ohio.

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