- Associated Press - Friday, October 3, 2014

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) - A handcuffed fugitive who escaped into a wooded area near Ariel is not considered a threat to the public.

But Clark County sheriff’s Sgt. Fred Neiman says deputies and the U.S. Marshals Service would like to have Cameron Petersen back in custody.

A deputy stopped the 26-year-old of Woodland man on a stolen motorcycle Thursday afternoon at a residence. He was handcuffed and placed in the back seat of the patrol car.

The deputy was questioning another man at the residence when that man took off. The deputy chased him down.

Meanwhile, a woman at the scene opened the patrol car door and unbuckled Peterson who ran off into the trees with his arms still handcuffed behind his back.

The woman was arrested for rendering criminal assistance.

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