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‘Armed and dangerous’ man on the run after escaping police in Gaston County

Weapons were found in the home of a man who escaped Ranlo Police custody Monday night.
Weapons were found in the home of a man who escaped Ranlo Police custody Monday night.

A man who police say should be considered armed and dangerous is on the run after escaping Ranlo Police custody Monday night.

The man is facing up to 20 charges, including fraud.

After police found more than a dozen fake IDs, officials said they can’t identify the fugitive's real name. For now, police are referring to him as “Juan Sebastian.”

Sebastian was arrested Monday night during a search of his home.

During that search, officers found the fake IDs, along with a stolen car worth $70,000. Police also found fake checks, credit cards, firearms, and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.

Sebastian is believed to have committed over a million dollars worth of fraud.

When Sebastian was arrested he was put in the back of a police car, but he wasn't there long. He was able to take his foot and squeeze it between the driver's seat and driver's door and hit the unlock button.

That's when another unknown person helped him get away, police said.

Investigators believe Sebastian is a former member of the Colombian military. From all they've collected from his home and stolen car, it would appear they're not dealing with an amateur criminal. Officials said he's been involved with this for a very long time.

Ranlo Police have called in Federal help.

Anyone who sees Sebastian or has any information about his whereabouts should call 911 or Crime Stoppers of Gaston County at 704-861-8000.

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