SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A parolee who kicked out the window of a patrol car and made a run for freedom through a downtown hotel is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday at the San Diego County Courthouse.
Andrew David Collins, who has two prior robbery convictions, pleaded guilty in May to robbery, burglary, vandalism and resisting arrest. He faces up to 130 years to life in prison when he is sentenced by Judge Charles Gill.
A clerk at a 7-Eleven store in El Cajon testified at a hearing last year that Collins swung a baseball bat at him while stealing cigarettes on March 8, 2010. A clerk at an am/pm minimart in El Cajon testified that Collins tried to steal money but got away with only cigarettes on Feb. 10, 2010. Collins, 27, was arrested on March 17, 2010, in connection with those robberies and for violating his parole.
As he was being transported to jail, Collins slipped one hand out of his handcuffs and kicked out the back passenger window, breaking a metal bar and going head-first out of the patrol car.
Officers zapped Collins with a Taser, but the defendant yanked the electrical barbs from his body and ran into the parking garage of the Doubletree hotel, police said.
Once inside the 22-story hotel, Collins entered several rooms and used balconies to lower himself four floors on the north side of the building, witnesses said.
He was captured 45 minutes later on the fifth floor, wearing the clothes of a woman whose room he had broken into, prosecutors said.