Handcuffed man still at large after escape in Bloomington

Police in Bloomington are assisting the IDOC in searching for James Snow, who got away after being handcuffed


Kevin Barlow
The Pantagraph

BLOOMINGTON — A handcuffed man remained at large Wednesday morning, about a day after he escaped from officers with the state Department of Corrections in Bloomington. 

Police in Bloomington are assisting the IDOC in searching for James Snow, 29, who got away after being handcuffed Tuesday morning.

James Snow, 29, was released from prison on April 10 and there is an active warrant for his arrest, but the details of why DOC was arresting him Tuesday morning — and how he got away — were not immediately available. (Photo/Bloomington PD)
James Snow, 29, was released from prison on April 10 and there is an active warrant for his arrest, but the details of why DOC was arresting him Tuesday morning — and how he got away — were not immediately available. (Photo/Bloomington PD)

Snow, 29, is described as being 6 feet tall and weighing 180 pounds. He has brown hair and was wearing a white shirt, gray pants and no shoes when he escaped in the area of Cardinal Ridge Trailer Park on Bloomington's south side.

Snow was released from prison on April 10 and there is an active warrant for his arrest, but the details of why DOC was arresting him Tuesday morning — and how he got away — were not immediately available.

In that August 2013 incident, Snow and another man were seen by Normal police officers leaving an apartment with what appeared to be a laptop computer under the other man's shorts.

During a traffic stop a short time later, officers saw a large blue screen in a van driven by Snow, said police.

Snow ran from officers while at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal where he was treated for ingesting an unknown substance following the traffic stop. Officers chased and caught Snow several blocks away after he stole a bicycle, prosecutors said at the time.

He also has McLean County convictions for residential burglary, theft and drug charges.

Police are asking that if anyone sees Snow, to immediately call 911.  

McClatchy-Tribune News Service
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