ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - A woman to escape an arrest at the state Probation and Parole Division office in Albuquerque somehow got away and ran into a nearby elementary school just before noon Friday.
It did not take long for police and probation officers to track her down, but Monte Vista Elementary School was placed on lockdown during the search.
A swarm of officers escorted Samantha Amos to the car that would take her to jail about an hour after she led them on a chase.
The Department of Corrections says Amos violated her probation in multiple ways including showing up to the probation and parole center Friday instead of Thursday as she was supposed to.
And she was going to jail for it.
"She was in custody. She was in double-locked handcuffs being taken downstairs to be transported over to the jail," says Alex Tomlin, a Department of Corrections spokesperson.
That is when Tomlin says Amos got away.
She ran out a back door and made it all the way across the street to Monte Vista Elementary School even getting her handcuffs off at some point.
An Albuquerque Public Schools spokesperson says Amos ran into the school office apparently trying to get to a phone to call her boyfriend.
A secretary on the phone saw her, and Amos then ran into the teachers lounge where she locked herself in the restroom.
APS says the school immediately went on lockdown and alerted police.
They arrived within minutes and arrested her.
"She will now be facing a slew of new charges, but we would like to commend our officers for how quickly they took control of the situation," Tomlin says.
She says officers found Amos' handcuffs in a trash can at the school, and officers are not sure how she got out of them.
"They had secured her handcuffs and double-checked that they were locked. So, it's still something we're looking into, how she slipped her first hand out and finally her second hand," Tomlin says.
The Department of Corrections says Amos was on probation for attempted forgery but now will likely face charges for escaping custody, fleeing from an officer and violating probation.
Officials say they are still looking into how Amos got away and what they can do to make sure it does not happen again.
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