Escaped Prisoner Taunts Police In Instagram Video Saying 'Come And Get Me'
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An escaped prisoner has taunted police in an Instagram video, telling them to 'come and get me' while chewing on sweets.
Cody Lowndes, 21, has been on the run after escaping police while in custody at Tameside General Hospital in Greater Manchester last Saturday.
A video has now surfaced showing him bragging about a pair of handcuffs that he claims to have 'snapped off'.
Smirking at the camera, the fugitive chomps through a bag of Skittles behind him as he shares his message.
The footage begins with a man saying: "[Beginning of sentence cut off] ... freedom mate?"
Lowndes replies: "F*** the police."
Referring to a pair of handcuffs sitting on the table in front of Lowndes, the anonymous man then says: "Oh dear, what's happened to them?"
Picking them up, Lowndes hits back: "Snapped 'em off."
Their conversation continues with the man asking the prisoner: "Got a message for that copper?"
Lowndes replies with a smile: "F*** 'em.Come and get me the third time."
An appeal on Greater Manchester Police's website said officers are appealing for the public's help to trace Lowndes, saying he is 'wanted for absconding from custody whilst on a hospital visit'.
Lowndes is wanted in connection with two counts of burglary, three counts of theft of motor vehicle, theft shop-lifting, public order, possession of a bladed article and criminal damage.
According to the Manchester Evening News, he was due to appear in court on Saturday 11 July, but said he felt unwell and was taken to Tameside General Hospital under guard.
While at the hospital, Lowndes managed to escape, and police have been looking for him ever since.
Officers have been seen scouring Reddish Vale Country Park, along with the Hyde Hall Farm hiking area in Denton. The manhunt has also since also been extended to the Tameside area.
The MEN reports that a 19-year-old woman was arrested in connection with assisting an offender.
She has been released under investigation while the hunt for Lowndes continues.
Greater Manchester Police said anyone with any information about Lowndes' whereabouts should contact police immediately on 0161 856 5889 or 101 quoting incident number 963 of 12/7/20
Details can also be passed on anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.