MELBOURNE, Fla. (FOX 35 ORLANDO) - First, he got the attention of police by breaking into businesses and cutting holes in roofs and walls. Now, he is in trouble for an attempted escape while playing sick.
On Wednesday, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office said that an inmate, 28-year-old Teddy King, faked chest pains. He was taken to the Melbourne Regional hospital. After doctors said he was okay, King bolted for the trees and hopped out of a wheelchair with his hands still cuffed and nothing on his feet.
“Then on the way out, he said he was too weak to walk, he was being wheeled out in a wheelchair, with cuffs, and once they got outside the perimeter of the building, he took off,” said BSO Spokesman Tod Goodyear.
Brevard County Sheriff's Office got back up from the West Melbourne Police and their search dogs scoured the woods. He was eventually found and taken back into custody.
“I believe he went in, he kind of just laid down, he was probably hoping that we wouldn’t find him, that we would leave, and then he could walk out,” Goodyear recapped. “And now he has an escape charge on top of the charges he was facing before that."
During the manhunt, a West Melbourne police officer was bitten by a Melbourne K-9. The department says that this is not a serious injury though.
King pulled off a string of high profile burglaries in late January and February. Police say he used 'Spider-man' tactics. For example, he scaled a wall, cut a hole in the roof, and made more holes in the walls to steal from storage units behind a cell phone repair shop in Melbourne.