San Jose police allege that Andrew Trujillo stole a cop car on October 9.

San Jose Police Department

Handcuffed Suspect Allegedly Steals San Jose Police Car

Mike Colgan
October 09, 2018 - 2:09 pm

SAN JOSE — A handcuffed suspect in the back seat of a San Jose patrol car somehow managed to steal the cruiser and escape on Tuesday morning, authorities said. 

Police were searching for Andrew Trujillo, 40, after finding the car abandoned in Hayward. 

He had been cuffed with his arms behind him and detained in the Chevrolet Caprice's back seat after cops allegedly found him in a stolen semi-truck around 5:30 a.m., police officials said. 

While officers examined the crime scene, they saw Trujillo drive away in the patrol car. 

Trujillo must have slipped his arms in front of him and opened the locked rear door in order to get into the driver's seat, police said. 

The escape raises questions about the officers' safety and procedure for detaining suspects. 

"We're going to have look at this style of police car to determine if there's a flaw in the design to insure that this doesn't happen again," said Sgt. Enrique Garcia. 

Authorities used the stolen car's GPS to track it to Hayward. No weapons were taken from it, police said. 

Trujillo is 5 feet, 11 inches tall, weighs 215 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes, police said.  He was wearing an orange Campbell Towing shirt at the time.