UPDATED at 7:30 a.m. Monday with man still on the loose.
BROOKLYN • Brooklyn Police on Monday morning were still searching for a St. Louis County man who broke a window and escaped from the Brooklyn police department on Sunday morning.
Brooklyn Police Chief Delbert Marion said an officer pulled the man's vehicle over about 5:30 a.m. Sunday during a traffic violation stop. He said the man had no valid driver's license and was placed under arrest. His name is being withheld until charges are filed.
During a pat-down of the man, the officer discovered a 9mm handgun in his front waist band and confiscated the weapon, police said.
"It could have been ugly, but fortunately it didn't turn ugly," Marion said.
At that point the man faced traffic and unlawful use of a weapon charges. Marion said the man was transported back to the police department where he was cuffed to his leg and a bench.
Marion said his department does not have a holding cell for suspects and uses a detainee bench until they are transported to the county jail. He said somehow the man got out of his leg cuffs and walked to a back outer door, where he knocked out the door window and escaped.
On Monday morning, police said the escapee remained on the loose. Police said they hope to provide more details and a description and photo of the escapee today.
Anyone with information in the escape is asked to call 911 or CrimeStoppers at 866-371-8477.