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Subject captured after fleeing police custody

A local man was charged with a felony after fleeing from police custody earlier this week.

Saranac Lake Village Police arrested 20-year-old Russel K. Carpenter II at 3:50 p.m. Monday and charged him with second-degree escape, a class-E felony.

According to reports, Carpenter fled from police while being detained pursuant to a court order remanding him to the custody of the Franklin County Sheriff's Department.

Police say Carpenter had previously been taken into custody on an arrest warrant issued by Saranac Lake Village Court for allegedly violating his probation. He had already been remanded to Franklin County Jail in lieu of $800 cash bail and was awaiting transport when he allegedly fled from officers.

Officers caught up to Carpenter shortly after his escape and took him into custody on the felony charge.

Chief Bruce Nason says Carpenter was handcuffed to a bar inside the police station at the time of the escape. The subject told officers he used saliva and mucus to lubricate the cuffs, eventually slipping them off his wrists.

"Then he just bolted out the door while the arresting officer was in another room, talking to a complainant," Nason said.

Carpenter was processed at the department, arraigned in village court, and remanded to Franklin County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond.

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