NEAR WEST SIDE — State law enforcement has initiated a manhunt after a state parolee escaped arrest on the Near West Side Monday.
After a warrant was issued for Harron Raggs, 24, an Illinois Department of Corrections parolee, a IDOC officer attempted to arrest Raggs Monday afternoon in the 1100 block of South Oakley Boulevard in Tri-Taylor, said Nicole Wilson, an IDOC spokeswoman.
Raggs was able to evade arrest and fled the scene in the car, Wilson said. As it fled the scene, the car hit the IDOC transport vehicle, Wilson said. The IDOC agent was not injured in the incident, she said.
Raggs was never in an IDOC transport vehicle, Wilson said.
U.S. marshals and the IDOC apprehension team are now searching for the parolee.
Raggs is described as a 5'9" black man, weighing about 160 pounds, and has brown hair and brown eyes. He has several tattoos, including "RIP grandma" on his right forearm, "trust none" on his neck, "Jayden" on his right hand and "Haylee" on his left hand.
Raggs was previously convicted of unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle and residential burglary and was sentenced to a term in Statesville Correctional Center. Raggs was released on parole in October 2016, according to IDOC records.
The Chicago Police Department did not have any information on the incident, a spokesperson said.