Jacksonville, Fl. - The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office launched an internal investigation after a woman escaped from their custody Monday.
Police said they caught Tri’Shawnna Raynette Mitchell on the 5600 block of Benedict Road around 7:30 a.m. after a concerned citizen called in a tip Monday.
The 32-year-old was being held at JSO’s detention facility around 12:15 a.m. on domestic battery charges.
Mitchell asked the arresting officer to loosen her handcuffs while she was waiting to be admitted into the jail, according to JSO Chief Pat Ivey.
“The way that you’re handcuffed, it’s very uncomfortable on the wrists,” Chief Ivey said, noting it was not uncommon for officers to adjust the handcuffs if the suspect complained about discomfort.
Mitchell was able to get out of one of the cuffs and escape through a port door. JSO said the door was open to allow police vehicles to enter and exit the facility.
Chief Ivey said suspects have escaped through the same door before, but could not say if those people had also been handcuffed.
Chief Ivey said a couple minutes passed between when Mitchell escaped and when the officer realized she was gone. He did not reveal exactly how many minutes passed and said that information was part of the internal investigation.
“The incident is being looked at for any potential policy violations,” Chief Ivey said. “Therefore, I can’t discuss any items that may jeopardize the internal investigation.”
Chief Ivey said the arresting officer, James Marlow, was “in close proximity” to Mitchell before she escaped, but would not say how close.
Marlow has been on the force for 11 months, according to JSO. He has not been put on administrative leave.
The investigation will look into if Marlow and jail personnel followed proper protocol. Police are reviewing security footage.
Mitchell was originally arrested after an incident on the 800 block of McDuff Avenue.
Police records show Mitchell bit her girlfriend several times, including on the face, during an argument.
After the initial arrest, records show Mitchell threatened the arresting officer and his family as well as the victim.
Mitchell is now being charged with escape, a second degree felony. Her original domestic battery charge was only a misdemeanor.
Her criminal history includes aggravated assault, grand theft, auto theft, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, battery and resisting an office without violence, according to Chief Ivey.
Police said she was wearing a rainbow colored dress the time of her escape.