A Kenyan runner ran five miles (eight kilometres) to evade police in Bergen County, New Jersey, in the United States.
Eric Kipkemei Chirchir, 31, was confronted by New Jersey police after they received a report that he had inappropriately touched a 15-year-old girl.
According to police, Mr Chirchir entered the women’s locker room of the Bogota Golf Centre where he encountered the teenager. He then allegedly proceeded to touch her in an inappropriate manner.
The girl managed to escape and call the police where she reported the incident. When the police confronted Mr Chirchir, who is an employee at the golf centre, he darted past them and ran the eight kilometres to his house, leaving behind his bicycle and bag.
'ELITE MARATHON RUNNER'
"He's fast," Detective Sgt Jon Misskerg of the Bogota Police Department told newjersey.com. "This is one of the world's elite marathon runners."
The police found the runner hiding in a closet belonging to his six-year-old daughter.
Mr Chirchir, who celebrated his 31st birthday in detention on Thursday, has been charged with criminal sexual contact, obstruction of justice, resisting arrest and eluding police and is being held at the Bergen County jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.
Once Mr Chirchir is found to be no longer subject to the Bergen County Jail detention, he will be handed over to the United States Immigrations Customs and Enforcement (ICE), who may initiate deportation proceedings.
The Kenyan runner posted a personal best time of 7:50:06 in 3000m in Torino, Italy in June 2007. His personal best in a half marathon is 1:02:13 posted in December 2011 in Zhuhai, China while his personal best in a marathon is 2:14:09.
Source: daily nation
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