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Man In Custody Escapes From Cook County Courthouse, Runs To Housing Complex

By Erica Demarest | October 10, 2017 3:35pm | Updated on October 10, 2017 3:49pm
 Quishawn Chambers, wanted on an aggravated battery charge, was quickly nabbed north of the courthouse.
Quishawn Chambers, wanted on an aggravated battery charge, was quickly nabbed north of the courthouse.
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Cook County Sheriff's Office; Chicago Police Department

COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — A man who had just appeared before a judge at Cook County's largest courthouse Tuesday bolted from the building into a neighboring housing complex in Little Village.

Quishawn Chambers, 28, didn't make it far before sheriff's deputies chased him down and brought him back before Judge Michael Clancy at 2650 S. California Ave.

Clancy had just set bail for Chambers at $50,000 on charges of aggravated battery to a peace officer and resisting arrest when Chambers made a run for it about 3:20 p.m. Tuesday. He dashed through the jury box, past a reporter and out of the courtroom.

After he was detained, Chambers was again brought before Clancy — this time with a yellow leaf stuck in his hair — and denied bail.

"You are a flight risk," the judge said with a straight face.

Chambers, of the 400 block of West 100th Street, was initially arrested about 10:50 a.m. Monday after pointing a fake orange revolver at a Chicago police officer in the 200 block of West 103rd Street, court records show.

Chambers resisted arrest, according to police, and an officer broke his leg during a scuffle with him.

An arrest report lists Chambers as 6 feet tall and 190 pounds.