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Search On For Deontae Wade, Who Escaped Custody As Lake County Authorities Tried To Arrest Him On Attempted Murder Warrant

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (CBS) -- A Zion man was set to be taken off electronic monitoring when authorities in Lake County learned there was an unrelated warrant out for his arrest – but when they tried to handcuff him, he fled.

At 9:20 a.m. Wednesday, Deontae Wade, 26, came to the Lake County Sheriff's Community Based Correctional Center, where he was due to have his electronic monitoring device removed – as he had finished his sentence for an unspecified crime.

But just before Wade got to the building, correctional officers learned he was wanted on an arrest warrant in McHenry County for attempted homicide, stemming from a shooting on Aug. 29 in McHenry.

Thus, instead of releasing Wade, correctional officers set out to arrest him when he got to the building, But Wade was able to stop the officers from handcuffing him, and he ran off, authorities said.

As CBS 2's Asal Rezaei reported Thursday, surveillance video shows Wade as he is slipping away from deputies. The suspect turns the corner and runs away, as the officer chases after him.

"A correctional officer pursued him, got tripped up, fell, and pursued him again," said Lake County Sheriff's Lt. Christopher Covelli.

Authorities said Wade took off his electronic monitoring device down the street from the correctional center, and he has not been spotted since.

Numerous officers from the Lake County Sheriff's office tried to find Wade into the early morning hours Thursday, but he remained at large as of Thursday afternoon.

"We do believe he was able to connect with either family or friends and have a vehicle come pick him up," Covelli said.

With a long background of criminal charges involving battery, Lake County deputies say they are working with regional law enforcement to get Wade into custody.

"We would ask Mr. Wade to turn himself into a police station, because it's only a matter of time," Covelli said.

Wade is also now wanted on an escape warrant in Lake County.

Deontae Wade
(Credit: Lake County Sheriff's Office)

Anyone who sees Wade is asked to call 911. If you know where he is, call the Lake County Sheriff's Office at (847) 377-4000 or leave an anonymous tip with Lake County CrimeStoppers at (847) 662-2222, or on the CirmeStoppers website.

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