This is the moment an escaped prisoner clashed with a police officer in a subway station before fleeing the scene by train.
Kwami Richards, 42, went on the run after fleeing a police van in Brixton, south London, at 2pm on Friday.
The fugitive was recalled to jail for violating his driver’s license requirements after serving a sentence for burglary.
But after fleeing the van, Richards took refuge at a nearby subway station, where he got into an argument with an officer who was chasing him.
Footage taken inside a tube carriage at Brixton tube station shows a plainclothes police officer grabbing Richards’ left wrist.
But the fugitive responds by punching the officer square in the face, causing the passengers to gasp as he continues his assault on his pursuer.
After swinging wildly, Richards flees down the subway track, pursued by the suspected officer before escaping.
Richards boarded a Victoria Line train and is said to have connections to Wandsworth, south London.
The public is urged not to contact Richards if he is seen and is instead asked to call 999.
Police are currently investigating how Richards managed to escape the van.
A police spokesman said: “Officers are asking for information on the whereabouts of a man who has escaped detention in south London.”
“Kwami Richards escaped from a prison van outside Brixton Police Station around 2pm on Friday 26 May.
“The 42-year-old, who has ties to Wandsworth, was recalled to prison for violating his driver’s license requirements after serving a sentence for burglary.”
“He had been arrested by Met officials and was in the process of being transported to prison by a private security company when the incident occurred.”
“He was being followed at Brixton tube station by a police officer who witnessed the incident.
“The officer was attacked while trying to arrest Richards, who then boarded a Victoria Line train.”
“Richards should not be approached and the public is asked to call 999 immediately if seen.”
“If you have any information on his whereabouts please call 101 or tweet @MetCC citing CAD 4140/26. May.”
“You can also give information anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111.”
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