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Damian Fernandez arrested in Tallahassee after escaping from deputy in handcuffs

Weston man's friends helped him elude authorities, BSO says

Damian Fernandez was arrested at his girlfriend's home in Tallahassee.
Damian Fernandez was arrested at his girlfriend's home in Tallahassee.

WESTON, Fla. – A Weston man who escaped from a Broward Sheriff's Office deputy while in handcuffs has been arrested in Tallahassee, and two friends accused of helping him elude authorities have also been arrested.

Damian Fernandez, 21, was arrested Tuesday night at his girlfriend's house in Tallahassee, BSO spokeswoman Dani Moschella said.

Deputies have been searching for Fernandez since Sept. 25, when he struck a deputy who tried to arrest him, Moschella said.

Andrew Gonazalez and Mirko Vall de Ruten helped Fernandez elude the law, Moschella said. One of the men used his own handcuff key to free Fernandez while the other took Fernandez to his house, let him use the phone and clean up, and gave him clean clothes and $20, Moschella said.

Fernandez was initially wanted on charges of car burglary, petit theft, obstruction without violence and grand theft of a firearm. He now faces charges of battery on a law enforcement officer and escape.

Gonzalez and Vall de Ruten also face charges of accessory after the fact and aiding an escaped prisoner.

It was not immediately known how Fernandez got to Tallahassee or how long he was there.

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