Leon Taylor Wiki
Leon Taylor Biography
Leon Taylor is described as a six-foot-tall black man who weighs about 162 pounds, Martinez said. He has brown hair and hazel eyes, the sheriff added.
According to the Lake County Sheriff’s Department on Facebook, Taylor was wearing a belly chain with handcuffs and a leg brace at the time of his escape.
The 22-year-old sported a large gray hoodie over a black hoodie, black jeans and black Puma sneakers, Martinez said. The sheriff added that Taylor is “known” for frequenting Gary, East Chicago and Hammond.
Leon Taylor Age
Leon Taylor is 22 years old.
Charged and arrested
Citing a “source close to the investigation,” The Northwest Indiana Times said Taylor was arrested in connection with the Nov. 19 murder of Chicago resident Daniel Nitzsche, 52.
Nitzsche, who later died at St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago, told police he was robbed and shot in an alley, the newspaper continued.
Taylor was arrested on December 2 in Dallas County, Texas, according to The Times of Northwest Indiana.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Department said on Facebook that the courts handle all extraditions that occur outside of a radius of approximately 250 miles from the county jail.
“The Lake County Sheriff’s Department is notified of an estimated arrival time at the Lake County Jail,” the Department wrote on December 14. “In this case, the Lake County Sheriff’s Department is helping because the escape occurred in Lake County and the suspect was being transported to the Lake County jail.”
Murder suspect escapes
The Times of Northwest Indiana reported that the driver of the van picked up Taylor at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. He then stopped at a McDonald’s drive-thru to “make sure” the suspect ate before going to jail, the newspaper continued.
Taylor asked the driver to roll down the window so he could “spit,” The Times of Northwest Indiana said. Then he fled from the open window, added the medium.
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“The agent obeyed and Taylor was able to run out the window and flee,” the newspaper reported, citing police.
Taylor’s leg brace should have hampered his ability to run, police told The Times of Northwest Indiana.
A 22-year-old murder suspect is on the loose after he escaped from custody Monday afternoon in Indiana, police say.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Department announced on December 14 that Hammond’s Leon Taylor escaped in Gary during his extradition proceedings from Texas. The suspect escaped around 3 p.m. from a private, hired van, transporting him to the Lake County jail, the department said on Facebook.
According to Lake County Sheriff Oscar Martinez Jr., Taylor is wanted on a murder charge for a homicide that originated in East Chicago.
Martínez wrote on Facebook:
A REDI Transports agent, from Green Bay, Wisconsin, was transporting Taylor from Texas when he escaped in Gary’s 35th and Grant Street area. The deputy called Gary Police and the Lake County Sheriff’s Department was asked to assist in the search for the suspect. Lake County Sheriff’s Department officers responded to the scene along with the Lake County Aviation Unit helicopter and the K-9 unit.
Taylor is described as a six-foot-tall black man who weighs about 162 pounds, Martinez said. He has brown hair and hazel eyes, the sheriff added.
Martinez warned that Taylor “is considered dangerous.” Encourage anyone with information on the murder suspect’s whereabouts to call 911 immediately.