Footage shows murder suspect fleeing from Washington County Courthouse

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – Authorities in Oregon have released security footage of a murder suspect’s escape from a Washington County Courthouse on Feb. 27.

Edi Villalobos, 28, is set to stand trial for allegedly stabbing two people and killing one of them in April 2021, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. He faces several charges including second-degree murder and unlawful use of a weapon.

Officials say jury selection was taking place on the day of Villalobos’ attempted escape. The jury was out of the room on a break, and Villalobos had just been taken to the bathroom.

Sgt. Danny DiPietro of Washington County Sheriff’s Office said Villalobos was put in restraints before going to the bathroom, but they were removed once the suspect returned to the courtroom, as required by Oregon law.

Just seconds after the shackles were removed, the suspect bolted from the first-floor courtroom and out the front door of the building, surveillance video shows.

Deputies searched for the suspect with help from drones, K-9 units and the local Hillsboro Police Department. Area residents were asked to shelter in place during the search.

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