Police swarmed an Urbandale neighborhood Thursday evening searching for a convicted felon who managed to escape police custody.
The escaped inmate, 37-year-old Kenny Bevard has been on the run for several hours.
He managed to escape while being transferred from Polk to Dallas County sheriffs’ custody shortly before 5 p.m. near the Menards store on Hickman Road.
Police say Bevard was handcuffed, shackled and wearing a green and white jail jumpsuit when he slipped away.
Bevard then stole a car from the nearby Love’s truck stop.
That car was then located in the 7500 block of Hickman Road near the Buccaneers’ ice hockey arena.
Police immediately launched a massive search bringing in tracking dogs and using a DOT airplane.
While officers searched, they urged people in the area to stay inside and keep their doors locked, however some people coming home from work had no idea what was going on.
“When someone escapes like this and people around the area I stopped and talked to a few and they didn`t realize this had even happened, so it`s surprising for some of the people coming home from work now,” Roger Maxwell said.
Bevard has a criminal history that includes assault with a weapon and burglary. Back in January he was arrested in connection with string of thefts where, along with two other suspects, he allegedly stole garage door openers to break into homes.
Authorities are urging anyone who has seen or knows where Bevard is to call 911.
“I hope no one is aiding him, but if they are, do the right thing. Mr. Bevard, do the right thing,” Urbandale Police Sgt. Gary Lang said.
They don’t believe he is armed but he is considered dangerous.