Aug 30, 2016
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UPDATE: On Tuesday, Hutcherson was found by officers at a Richmond residence and taken into custody without incident, San Pablo police said. She was booked into Martinez Detention Facility on charges including felony identity theft, misdemeanor escaping police custody, misdemeanor vandalism and misdemeanor trespassing.

A woman who escaped from San Pablo police custody as she was being dropped off at the Martinez Detention Facility on Friday also duped authorities by giving them her sister’s name rather than her own.

“Nakiya Hutcherson (pictured) willfully used her sister’s name, Nyilah Hutcherson, to avoid prosecution,” police said.

The incident unfolded Friday at about 7:10 p.m. when the 27-year-old Hutcherson was being transported to the Martinez Detention Facility on misdemeanor vandalism and trespassing charges, police said. Just outside the facility in the driveway, the handcuffed suspect escaped.

A search involving multiple agencies by foot, car and airship lasted a few hours but was then called off.

While police gave the local media Hutcherson’s sister’s name over the weekend to announce they were searching for the suspect, they corrected the report on Monday.

“Through our on-going investigation, and in cooperation with the Hutcherson Family, we have determined the suspect’s true name,” police announced Monday.

She is described as 5-7, 120 pounds and was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, a white t-shirt and black pants at the time of her escape.

“Ms. Hutcherson is not considered a threat to public safety,” police said.

Anyone with information on Hutcherson’s whereabouts is asked to call San Pablo Police dispatch at 510-233-1214.


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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.