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Reports suggests NLV handcuff escape case one of a kind

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Homicide suspect Alonso Perez escaped from a North Las Vegas Police Department interrogation room on Friday, Sept. 2. (Source: NLVPD) Homicide suspect Alonso Perez escaped from a North Las Vegas Police Department interrogation room on Friday, Sept. 2. (Source: NLVPD)
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On Sept. 2, a homicide suspect escaped from North Las Vegas police custody while he was handcuffed in an interview room.

While an escape such as this is certainly rare, it turns out it may have been a one-of-a-kind occurrence.

[READ: Surveillance video details homicide suspect's escape]

The Associated Press reached out to law enforcement officials across the country. They couldn’t locate an escape like the one Alonso Perez pulled off.

Handcuffs are designed to keep people restrained. North Las Vegas police studied surveillance video that captured the escape, and Metro police re-enacted it in order to figure out how Perez channeled Houdini.

Police declined an on-camera interview Wednesday. However, escape and survival expert Doran Benbenisty provided some insight. He runs a counter-terrorism school and has written books on escaping from home invasions and captivity.

“You could see his (Perez) expression. When he released, you could see he was in a lot of pain,” Benbenisty said.

Benbenisty thinks Perez entered the interrogation room with a plan. Officers left him alone, providing him with a window.

“When you put force – times the length of his arm, times the momentum against this connection, eventually they got out and broke,” Benbenisty said.

Benbenisty said there are several ways to escape from handcuffs.

“No, it’s not very common,” he said.

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