Americana: Out of the Frying Pan

Raynard DeLeon's week began with splendid luck and cunning. He and five fellow inmates of the San Diego County jail squeezed through a ventilator shaft and out an unlocked door. But from there, DeLeon went one way, and his luck and cunning skittered off in another.

Three days after the escape, a woman paying a $35 fine in a San Diego traffic court found she was short of cash. She asked the deputy marshal to call for her companion. Out went the cry: "Paging Raynard DeLeon, paging Raynard DeLeon . . ." DeLeon, an auto thief, was cocky enough to come when...

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