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No escape in sight for Strollin’ Nolan

The escapades of “Strollin’ Nolan” lives on through the Internet.

The online community Reddit discovered the repeat offender, properly known as Fred W. Nolan, Jr., after sharing tales of freedom through escape.

Nolan’s infamous escape from a Public Safety Building interrogation room earned him the nickname and 15 minutes of fame through local media.

The Spokesman-Review’s story from 1997 climbed to the top of traffic charts as readers learned of his Houdini-esque disappearing act.

According to reports, Nolan seized the moment and walked out of a Public Safety Building interrogation room using a coat to hide his handcuffed wrists.

He later returned the handcuffs to authorities in the mail, reports said.

Interestingly enough, Nolan is back behind bars on suspicion of a series of downtown burglaries last year that also targeted Greater Spokane, Inc.

Detectives deemed him a suspect in December for the downtown thefts, but were unable to find him when a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Nearly four months later, Spokane Police’s PACT team tracked him down and arrested him on a bench warrant last week for first-degree trafficking of stolen property, Spokane Police spokeswoman Monique Cotton said. His bond is set at $25,000.

Nolan has over 50 convictions to his name between the years 1990 and 2004 for several burglary and theft charges.

Related stories: Escaped suspect mails handcuffs to courthouse | Whatever happened to Strollin' Nolan? | Off-the-cuff escape takes blame for missteps

Judge: No jail furlough for Strollin’ Nolan

A man with more than 50 criminal convictions who 12 years ago escaped from police headquarters, then mailed back his handcuffs, was denied a furlough from jail Friday to deal with the recent death of his mother.

Fred W. Nolan, Jr., requested a leave from Geiger Corrections Center to help get his late mother’s affairs in order, but Spokane County Superior Court Judge Ellen Kalama Clark ordered he stay behind bars and cited his dozens of felony convictions.

Nolan, 40, is being held on $5,000 bail for burglary and malicious mischief charges. He was arrested in June, accused of break-ins at offices in the Empire Health Services building at 601 W. Fifth Ave. Police found a green Otter Pop popsicle wrapper in the building that was submitted for fingerprints; green liquid was located throughout the offices, according to court records.

Nolan has at least 51 criminal convictions, mostly for theft and burglary, dating back to 1983. (See his record here.)

He’s served five prison sentences, including a three-year stint after he escaped from the Public Safety Building while handcuffed in 1997. The stunt earned him the nickname “Strollin’ Nolan.”

Past coverage:

Whatever happened to: Strollin’ Nolan

Handcuffed man escapes from police interrogation room

Doug Clark: Handcuffed escapees blames missteps

Doug Clark: Career burglar doesn’t seem like a good loan risk

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