Gang Member Escapes IDOC Custody, Getaway Car Rams Transport Vehicle

A 24, year, old prison inmate escaped Monday on the Near West Side during an apparently planned getaway.

Harron Raggs, 24, broke away from an Illinois Department of Corrections transport vehicle about 12:40 p.m. in the 1100 block of South Oakley Boulevard in the city’s Tri-Taylor neighborhood, authorities said.

A short time later, someone in a red Chevrolet Impala picked him up at Taylor Street and Oakley. While fleeing, it plowed into an IDOC squad car, authorities said.

The Impala, which sustained damage to its right front, had no front license plate and its windows were tinted, authorities said.

Raggs is a Traveling Vice Lords gang member and was serving a sentence for possession of a stolen vehicle and residential burglary, authorities said.

Additionally, he has active warrants for domestic battery, violation of parole and escape, authorities said.

Raggs is black, 5-foot-9, weighs about 160 pounds and has brown eyes and brown hair. He has multiple tattoos, including one across his neck that reads in large letters “Trust None’’ and another on his right forearm that says “RIP Grandma,’’ according to IDOC’s website.

An IDOC spokeswoman did not respond to requests for comment.

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