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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Handcuffed Suspect Flees Near Court

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Source: Moscow police

A Moldovan citizen accused of pickpocketing on a Moscow trolleybus made a daring escape as police officers escorted him to court.

Mikhail Mokanov, 40, pushed his police escort outside the Gagarinsky District Court, near the Shabolovskaya metro station in southern Moscow on Monday and fled while still in handcuffs, Moscow City Court spokeswoman Anna Usachyova said.

Mokanov, who faced robbery charges, was still at large Tuesday, and prosecutors are investigating what role the police escort might have played in the escape, city prosecutors said in a statement.

Mokanov was arrested when a woman noticed he had robbed her on a trolleybus and fellow passengers held him until police arrived, Usachyova said.

If convicted of robbery, Mokanov faces up to seven years in prison. The escape could add one year to the sentence.

City police officials could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

Usachyova said Mokanov had shown erratic behavior before his escape. "A few weeks ago while in detention he managed to cut his stomach open," Usachyova said. She said she did not know what Mokanov used to injure himself.

In perhaps the most bizarre escape in Russia in the past few years, a partially paralyzed man fled his hospital room in northeast Moscow.

A medical condition had left the right side of his body paralyzed after he was detained on suspicion of car theft in September 2005. He was hospitalized but managed to escape from the two police officers guarding him.