(CNN) – North Las Vegas police are responding to concerns about its department. After a murder suspect escapes right under their noses.
Alexander Perez, NLVPD Chief said, “we are very aware that mistakes were made”
You are watching surveillance video of suspected killer Alonso Perez. Amazingly, North Las Vegas police were not. The camera the only thing catching Perez working to break his handcuff and get free.
Alexander Perez, NLVPD Chief said, “He torques it to the point that it snaps the hinges.”
Perez is free to plan his escape. At 12:30 pm, police reenter the room, not noticing Perez’ broken cuff and walk out. The camera is still on, but:
Alexander Perez, NLVPD Chief said, “we did have a video feed, a live feed, but nobody was monitoring.”
40 minutes pass without anyone watching Perez and it’s time a suspected killer uses to make his escape. Watch here as Perez hops the desk and climbs toward the ceiling.
Alexander Perez, NLVPD Chief said, “He takes a chair, puts it up against the wall, climbs up on the chair, knocks out a few ceiling tiles, climbs into the rafters, and exits the building.”
Police asked about Perez jumping out of the ceiling and leaving the building their answer.
Alexander Perez/NLVPD Chief) “I won’t say he wasn’t seen, but he wasn’t seen by us.”
For days, North Las Vegas police and other agencies worked to find Perez, who was arrested just after 8pm Tuesday. Family of Mohammed Robinson, murdered and the reason police arrested Perez in the first place relieved.
Still they echo the same question: why was no one watching and wondering the same thing about the officer in charge at the time Perez escaped. Is he still on the case?
Alexander Perez, NLVPD Chief said, “Yes. It’s his case.”
Police say policy changes are in place and regret is replaced with resolve.
Alexander Perez, NLVPD Chief said, “I wish it hadn’t happened but it did now we take steps to make sure it never happens again. We’re not perfect. The police are simply not perfect.”