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Father of escaped prisoner arrested; prisoner still missing

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WARRINGTON, Pa. - An entire school district was shut down today while police searched for an escaped prisoner Monday.

The suspect is still not in custody,  but now his father is.

Warrington police say Daniel Selby, 63, helped his 25-year-old son, Daniel Selby Jr. skip town after he escaped from police.

The manhunt for Selby shut down schools and shut residents in their home.

"I saw the lights and there were police all over and they shined the light on my window," said Doylestown resident Alex Hendricks.

Hendricks said she was a little freaked out by the sight of police officers swarming her neighborhood at 3 o'clock in the morning. The catalyst to her disbeleif started hours before.

Selby was being transported  to Bucks County Prison by sheriff's deputies when he pulled a fast one near the intersection of Bristol and Lower State roads.

"He told deputies he was going to be sick and they pulled over," said Bucks County Sheriff's Department Chief Dennis Shook.

Shook said Selby got out of his shackles and assaulted one of the officers before taking off.

For the next 16 hours, police searched the area with dogs and helicopters.

The Central Bucks School District cancelled classes and Pennridge cancelled outdoor activities Monday.

Residents were also asked to shelter in place during the initial stages of the search, but there was no sign of Selby.

Warrington Township police said that's because they believe Selby, who was in prison garb and handcuffs, was able to flee the area with the help of his father, Selby Sr.

Police said Selby Sr. reportedly dropped off his son in Philadelphia around 1 p.m.

Chief Shook said while Selby is not considered dangerous, he should not be approached if spotted.

"If you see him call 911," said Shook.

Shook says the officer who has assaulted was not injured.

Selby Jr. now faces aggravated assault and escape charges.

Selby Sr. was arrested and now faces charges in connection with allegedly helping his son escape.


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