An Army Private who was in custody on suspicion of raping a minor girl in December 2009 has escaped and is believed to be headed to the Los Angeles area.
Suspect Daniel Brazelton, 20, was in the custody of the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department in Hinesville, Georgia, awaiting extradition back to Los Angeles County. He is believed to be in possession of a handgun and should be considered armed and dangerous.
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On Friday, February 11, Brazelton, who is on active duty with the United Stated Army, was removed from the custody of the Liberty County jail and taken to Fort Stewart for medical reasons. While being returned to the Liberty County jail that afternoon, he escaped from Army personnel and their transport vehicle.
The suspect’s current whereabouts are not known. An active search for Brazelton is being conducted in Georgia by law enforcement and Army personnel.
“Suspect Daniel Brazelton is wanted for the alleged rape of a minor and for escape,” said Captain Mike Parker, Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. “Sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau Investigators believe he is possibly armed with a handgun and is considered dangerous. He most likely is receiving help in evading law enforcement and may be attempting to return to Los Angeles County. If seen, the public is asked to call 9-1-1 and allow law enforcement to take him into custody.”
The victim and her family have been notified of the escape of the suspect and the possibility that he is en route to Los Angeles County.
Suspect Daniel Jay Brazelton is a white male, 20, 5 feet 7 inches in height, weighting 167 pounds, with shortly cropped black hair and brown eyes. He was clean-shaven at the time of his escape. He is currently a resident of Fort Stewart, Georgia, but was raised in Palmdale.
If seen, call 9-1-1, your local law enforcement agency, or the Special Victims Bureau of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department at 877-710-LASD (5273). Or, if you wish to remain anonymous, call “LA Crime Stoppers” by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.