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Prescott man in custody after escape from YCSO deputies at Sky Harbor
John Riebesel
John Riebesel
Lisa Irish
The Daily Courier

A man who escaped from Yavapai County Sheriff's Office detention officers at Sky Harbor International Airport on Thursday was arrested when U.S. Airways employees detained him after finding him on the tarmac, said Dwight D'Evelyn, YCSO spokesman.

Phoenix police officers booked John Riebesel, 22, of Prescott into the Maricopa County jail on charges including escape, theft of a controlled item, two counts of attempt to steal a vehicle, and federal charges of violating a restricted area.

At 5 p.m., the two YCSO detention officers arrived at Terminal 3 on a flight from Detroit with Riebesel, who was in custody on a probation violation warrant from a prior drug possession/sales conviction, D'Evelyn said.

When the officers left the plane, they walked Riebesel toward an elevator and he ran away, said Phoenix Police Officer James Holmes.

Officers chased Riebesel but lost sight of him, and he ended up on the tarmac area between terminals 3 and 4, D'Evelyn said.

"A U.S. Airways employee asked the suspect why he was on the tarmac without proper identification, and the suspect told the employee that he had 'forgotten it,' " Holmes said.

Then Riebesel tried to steal a tug aircraft mover, Holmes said.

The employee unsuccessfully tried to stop Riebesel, who got away and continued to try to steal the tug, but other U.S. Airways employees detained him until Phoenix airport unit police officers arrived at 5:15 p.m., Holmes said.

Riebesel, who had been wearing an electronic ankle shock restraint, had somehow removed and disabled it, Holmes said, so when YCSO officers activated the shock restraint with their handheld device immediately after Riebesel ran away, it was of no use.

"YCSO is attempting to determine how Riebesel was able to remove his electronic ankle shock restraint during the flight," D'Evelyn said. "These types of devices are used in lieu of handcuffs and other physical restraints as a result of airline policy restrictions placed on law enforcement officers transporting prisoners."

When asked if the officers may face consequences, D'Evelyn said the incident remains under investigation.

"There is a review ongoing regarding prisoner escorts in airports, including possible handcuffing once the terminal is reached," D'Evelyn said.

At no time did the suspect have access to aircraft or the runway thanks to the efforts of U.S. Airways employees who are trained to react to suspicious persons and items in their work areas, Holmes said.

Phoenix firefighters evaluated Riebesel and determined he had no injuries, so officers took him to jail, Holmes said.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, May 01, 2012
Article comment by: Costly Trip

An even bigger question is just how big is the YCSO budget that they can afford to send deputies on a trip to Michigan to extradite an offender for low level drug and probation violations?? Not to excuse the fact that he's a criminal, but weren't we better off leaving him in Detroit than bringing him back here? I don't think he was causing US much trouble in Detroit.

Posted: Sunday, April 29, 2012
Article comment by: pablo noname

@joe makiba, I believe that was "Running Man" but the image still makes me laugh, thanks.

Posted: Sunday, April 29, 2012
Article comment by: Prescott Valley Resident

The real issue her is whether or not they were charged for extra baggage. My wife flew last week and was charger $25 for her luggage. Bad enough she was ripped off for the ticket, sat next to a screaming kid, and was only given a bag of nuts and a ginger ale, the baggage handlers who charged her the $25 ,also asked for a tip.

Posted: Sunday, April 29, 2012
Article comment by: joe makiba

bet he felt like arnold schwarzenegger on total recall when he got netted on the tarmac ! aaahhgghh !! lol

Posted: Sunday, April 29, 2012
Article comment by: Bo Zholay

Good job sheriffs, errr baggage handlers!!

Posted: Sunday, April 29, 2012
Article comment by: @ Really

Ok for starters they are Officers, I don't know why that requires quotations.

Secondly, the claim that they didn't inform TSA and local LE is an assumption with no basis. It says that Phoenix PD airport unit assisted in the apprehension of the suspect, so I'm assuming they were well aware of what happened.

Lastly, both you and I have no idea how these ankle restraints work. Don't automatically assume that the Officers acted negligently. You do not know the details of the case beyond what is presented in this article, and yet you're ready to jump to judgment.

Posted: Sunday, April 29, 2012
Article comment by: Really ????

Should the "Officers" have noticed this subject messing with his ankle Either with his feet or hands? Sounds like a "training issue" or an attention to detail issue.

Wouldn't these "Officers" have to notify TSA, airport security and/or local law enforcement of the escaped individual to possibly receive assistance in locating and detaining him.

I would love to be a fly on the wall when this meeting takes place and hear all the excuses flying.

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