Police search for man who escaped from confinement



By Frank Lewis

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Portsmouth Police are seeking information from the public as to the whereabouts of a man who reportedly escaped from confinement Tuesday night. Being sought is Christopher Craft, 21, of Portsmouth.

Portsmouth Police Chief Robert Ware said the incident began when an officer patrolling Wayne Hills observed a traffic violation. The officer reportedly initiated a traffic stop in the 2300 block of 17th St at 2:10 a.m. Ware said when his officer made contact with the driver, he observed drug paraphernalia inside the door. Craft was then removed from the vehicle, arrested, and placed in handcuffs. Once cuffed the officer conducted a further search of Craft and, according to the officer, located drugs in his pocket.

Ware said while attempting to place Craft in the back of the cruiser, Craft took off running. The officer, who was still securing the evidence he had uncovered, was unable to locate Craft. A search of the surrounding area was unsuccessful. Additional charges are expected to be filed on Craft.

Craft is out on bond pending an appearance on aggravated robbery, burglary, and kidnapping charges related to a home invasion that occurred in July of this year. That incident occurred when a group of armed men forced entry into an apartment on Kendall Ave.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Craft should contact local law enforcement. Craft is described as a 21 year old black male, 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing 120 pounds.

Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.