A Tallahassee murder suspect escaped from custody at the airport on Wednesday during his transport back to town from Missouri.
Yuri Harris, 24, is the suspect charged in the Aug. 27 murder of Parth Patel at a home on Ox Bow Circle.
But upon his return to Tallahassee International Airport after his arrest last month, he escaped the custody of a third-party vendor, U.S. Corrections, which was transporting him, said Leon County Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Shade McMillian.
Additional charges of escape are being filed.
It is unclear how long Harris was on the loose after his escape at about 2 p.m., but he was taken into custody with the help of LCSO’s dogs. McMillian did not have details about where on airport property Harris was located.
Harris was booked into the Leon County Detention Facility Wednesday afternoon.
He was being brought back to town to face a judge on charges of murder, home invasion robbery, burglary with a person battered and possession of a weapon by a felon.
Leon County Judge Nina Ashenafi Richardson ordered Harris held without bond on the charges stemming from the fatal shooting during first appearance Thursday, except for the possession charge for which she set a $10,000 bond.
Harris joined the call via video conference from the jail. Indicating he could not afford an attorney, his case was assigned to the Public Defender’s Office.
Assistant Public Defender Nancy Showalter cautioned Harris from discussing his case.
“You need to not discuss your case with anybody other than somebody with the Public Defender’s Office,” she said noting his phone calls would be recorded. “That includes any law enforcement officers who show up to talk to you or anyone else in the jail.”
Ashenafi Richardson ordered no contact between Harris or the victims or his wife Samantha Grantham, who is a codefendant in the case.
The judge also set a $25,000 bond on all five counts of armed robbery Harris is charged with additionally in separate cases.
LCSO investigators say the shooting happened during a home invasion robbery. Grantham, who has not yet been brought back to Tallahassee, told investigators he went to the house to retrieve money he was owed.
She faces accessory charges in connection with the murder, She told investigators she drove Harris to the house. The duo fled shortly after the shooting before being picked up at a park outside the Kansas City suburb of Independence by the U.S. Marshals days later
Grantham and Harris also face armed robbery charges connected to a string of convenience store hold ups this summer being investigated by the Tallahassee Police Department.