Inmate Who Escaped, Hid In Port-A-Potty Dies In Custody

CHICAGO (CBS) — A man who made headlines in December for briefly escaping authorities has now died in federal custody.

Juan Sanchez, also known as Cesar Sanchez, died at the Metropolitan Correctional Center downtown early Wednesday. He was officially pronounced dead at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center at 12:08 a.m. Wednesday, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

Sanchez, 39, and Carlos Ochoa, 48, were charged in December with conspiracy to commit interstate robbery, robbery and using a firearm during a crime of violence, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office. Sanchez was also charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The men were arrested in November 2010 and charged in a separate Cook County Criminal Court case.

Before his arrest, police spotted Sanchez driving a car at 3160 S. Ashland Ave. on the afternoon of Nov. 22, 2010, but he allegedly tried to run them over when they tried to arrest him. Sanchez exchanged gunfire with police and fled, police said.

After a chase, Sanchez allegedly pointed a gun at officers, who fired back and struck him. He was treated at an area hospital and arrested.

Sanchez, of the 4500 block of South Paulina Street, and Ochoa, of the 7700 block of South Spaulding Avenue, were both ordered held without bond on the state charges.

According to the federal indictment, Sanchez and Ochoa conspired to and committed armed robberies at groceries, cell phone stores and at least one flower shop in Chicago and Aurora. They recently pleaded not guilty to the federal charges, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s office said.

Juan Sanchez, then going under the alias of Cesar Sanchez, made headlines again recently when he escaped from a moving Illinois Department of Corrections transport van near southwest suburban Lockport on Dec. 2.

He was being held at the Stateville Correctional Center in Crest Hill on burglary and drug charges, and was being taken to a court appearance in Bridgeview when he escaped.

He was found about six hours later, still in handcuffs, hiding in a port-a-potty, , on a property filled with 300 of them, near the Waste Management site in Rockdale, near Joliet. Sanchez was found by a combination of police dogs on the ground and infrared technology on a helicopter flying overhead, Illinois State Police said.

Sanchez had been hiding under the portable toilet’s lid, Will County Sheriff Paul Kaupas told reporters.

“He was in the doo-doo,” Kaupas said last month.

An autopsy on Sanchez was scheduled for Thursday, the medical examiner’s office said.

  • Afro

    Like I said before the POS was right at home when he was under that lid

  • smooth

    Better yet, how bout we show your name, pic, address, tel# and workplace for all races to see. I am sure guys like you can give a great speech in justifying your position. Then we can let the parade being .

  • PG

    Stateville Correctional Center is not in Crestwood, it is in Crest Hill. Does anyone at CBS bother to fact check before they post these stories? Are any editors working there?

    • eddie

      I live in Crest Hill — but am in jail in Crestwood.

  • Just Axin

    Gracias, senor Sanchez for saving us mucho dinero.

  • Tom

    In all seriousness, can you imagine how much money we saved by this guy “going home”. Hundreds and hundreds of thousands if not millions, literally.

  • Lyndia

    Hey Afro, I’m sorry they broke your front door down to get this clown.

    • dbag

      Now that was Fing funny!!!!!!

    • Afro

      Lyndia I thought you died in the carbon monoxide scare, couldn’t get that lucky huh?

  • Lyndia

    What we.?

    • Rafeal

      face it…the cops beat him up when they caught him.
      I’m sure they all took turns and gave him a good beating.
      The guy probably died from internal bleeding.

  • andrea

    probably died of an infection!! what do you think happens when you stand in waste!!

  • jv

    Why is CBS showing this photo of Beyonces rear end and thighs. They also have a photo of Rhianna that is vulgar as well. Who is maintainging he website. Slanted taste in photos being chosen, when they could easily post a decent photo.

    • OK

      Keep those pictures coming!

  • edward c. stengel

    This seems like a game between the Chicago police department and the FBI. First he’s in the custody of the Chicago police and then ends up in federal custody. Why would an escapee from the Chicago police department be handed over to the feds before he was tried for escaping from the Chicago police? None of this makes any sense. As far as the cops who shot him previously, they were probably plain clothes cops who were acting like robbers, and he was probably fleeing for his life. Whatever, 39 year old men don’t die in custody from natural causes. He was either murdered by fellow prisoners or federal prison guards. It’ll be another cover-up of a murder.

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