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PASADENA : K-9 Unit Finds Murder Suspect Hiding in Dumpster

After a four-hour search by the sheriff’s K-9 unit, a Pasadena murder suspect was found hiding in a dumpster four blocks from the courthouse where he had escaped Tuesday morning.

Steven Brusiter, 20, broke away from 17 other inmates who were being escorted by two deputies from the basement lockup of the Pasadena Superior Court to a courtroom upstairs, said Deputy Rich Erickson. Authorities are not sure if Brusiter broke out of his handcuffs or if they were not put on properly, Erickson said.

Erickson said Brusiter escaped about 9:15 a.m. and was arrested at 1:15 p.m.

Brusiter, who is usually housed in the North County Correction Facility in Saugus, was at the Pasadena courthouse for his preliminary hearing.

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In addition to being charged with the shooting death of 19-year-old Eric Brown in May, Brusiter is likely to be charged with a felony for attempted escape, Erickson said.


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