SAN CARLOS -- Maybe a restaurant named "Sneakers" seemed like the perfect venue for a parolee to slink out the back door without paying for their meal.

Patrick Higgins, 43, of San Carlos, learned it wouldn't be easy, police said, when employees followed him out the door and flagged down a nearby officer as Higgins ran -- straight toward police headquarters, two blocks away.

Higgins chowed down on beer, chicken wings and a burger, according to a Sneakers manager, before heading toward the restaurant's front door around 2 p.m. Friday. When employees approached him as he appeared to be exiting, he pretended to be on the phone, said the manager, who asked not to be named.

He went back to his seat at the bar, but soon headed toward a rear exit.

Employees followed him outside, through the parking lot of a nearby bank, and flagged down a San Carlos parking enforcement officer, who called for police assistance.

Employees told the officer that Higgins was heading toward the intersection of Cherry and Elm streets -- also the location of San Carlos police headquarters.

Higgins was arrested on suspicion of second-degree burglary and a parole violation, police said. He was taken to San Mateo County Jail in Redwood City.

Contact Daniel M. Jimenez at djimenez@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/DMJreports.



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