A Florida man who was arrested on multiple charges escaped custody by crawling through a hole he made in the Orange City Police Department bathroom ceiling. According to Click Orlando, he created the hole because he was high and didn't want to go back to prison.
31-year-old Michael Caruso was arrested on Sunday after he tried to leave a Kohl's store without paying for a Shark vacuum and a Marley speaker. According to the report, the items are valued together at $529.
When an Orange City police officer arrived to take him into custody, Caruso fled. Police chased Caruso in his vehicle. Eventually, Caruso was taken into custody for all charges related to the incident, as well as on an open warrant.
According to the report, the suspect told police several times that he needed to defecate. An officer took him from a secure holding cell to a single-stall restroom and waited outside Caruso used the bathroom. Caruso kept telling that officer that he was almost done and needed just a few more minutes. According to the report, officers started to pound on the door and demand that he open it, but eventually there was no reply.
The officers opened the door to discover that Caruso had destroyed the sheetrock to create a hole in the bathroom ceiling. According to the report, the suspect then climbed into the attic, removed the attic ceiling fan and escaped the building through that hole.
Soon after, Caruso showed up at a home asking for a ride stating to the homeowner that he had just escaped custody and police were looking for him. According to the report, the homeowner called 911 and held Caruso at gunpoint, but Caruso still managed to get away.
Then, police received another 911 call from another homeowner who claimed Caruso tried to push his way into their residence. The homeowner was able to fight off Caruso according to the report.
A dog led to Caruso’s final capture. A police K-9 bit the suspect and police were finally able to take him into custody again.
According to the report, Caruso told authorities that he tried to escape because he "does stupid things" when he is high on drugs.
Caruso is charged with six counts of grand theft, five counts of burglary, resisting an officer and escape. He is being held without bond.
[Photo:Orange City Police]