Man who ran from court in March is captured

Posted: Wednesday, May 16, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man who sprinted from the courtroom during a March arraignment was back in custody Monday and being arraigned again -- this time from a cell.

Christopher Androes, 21, was captured early Monday morning after police got a tip about where to find him, and was arraigned later that day.

Androes now faces felony escape charges, on top of his other legal woes, over the March 1 incident.

Androes was being arraigned then on a charge of third-degree theft. Prosecutors said he stole a wallet with $54 from a locker at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Androes already was on probation for a 1999 stalking and assault conviction.

So Magistrate Patrick Hammers decided at the arraignment that Androes should go to jail without bail until his next court appearance.

Instead of waiting for officers to take him away, Androes paced nervously for a few moments, handed his backpack to a female companion, and took off at a run, police said.

Androes is now being held on $12,000 bail on the various charges, and he would need a third-party custodian if he could make the bail.

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