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North Las Vegas Handcuff-Break Case Reinforces Rule: Watch People in Custody

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The escape of a murder suspect who broke handcuffs and fled from a Las Vegas-area police station may have been a one-of-a kind incident.

Law enforcement officials around the country say they can’t recall similar cases.

But police in southern Nevada are double-checking equipment anyway, and reminding officers to keep an eye on people in custody.

In Las Vegas, police spokeswoman Laura Meltzer said Wednesday that officers re-enacted what it takes to break the hinge of a set of Peerless handcuffs — just like what happened Sept. 2 in neighboring North Las Vegas.

Meltzer says the lesson is that people in custody should always be supervised.

North Las Vegas Police Chief Alexander Perez ordered just such a policy change for his department after the suspect was recaptured Sept. 6.

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