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Reward offered for suspect who escaped from Orange County Sheriff's Office

Deputies say Jean Barreau escaped through back door

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Deputies on Thursday announced a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a man who escaped from the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

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Jean Barreau, 24, was arrested on a robbery warrant at 1 p.m. Wednesday and taken to the Orange County Central Operations Center on West Colonial Drive to be interviewed by detectives, according to officials.

Barreau was being questioned about a December incident in which he allegedly robbed someone else.  When he finished his interview, Barreau escaped through a rear door, deputies said. Barreau was last seen in the Criminal Investigation interview room and hallway located at the south side of the Central Operations building, according to the report.

Deputies said Barreau was not wearing handcuffs when he fled the building.

A search in the area of John Young Parkway and Colonial Drive failed to locate Barreau, and deputies continue to look for him. OCSO said it is following up on several leads. 

Barreau's arrest history includes charges of fleeing from police, resisting police and battery on law enforcement officers.

"The community is our biggest concern here.  It's to try to get him off of the streets as soon as we can.  I know that you have his criminal history," authorities said at a news conference.

Deputies said Barreau was wearing camouflage cargo shorts and a white T-shirt that has BELA on the front in gold.

Anyone with information about Barreau's whereabouts is urged to call Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS.

The deputies have not been placed on administrative leave at this time. An administrative investigation will determine if proper procedures were used by the deputies.

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