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William Edward Ray, who is 32, was last seen at the intersection of Hickory and Haigler streets in Abbeville, where he jumped out of a patrol car while it was at a stop sign. He escaped just before 11 a.m., and officers had not found him after a search that lasted several hours and included a team of dogs and a helicopter.

Ray is a light-skinned black man who is about 5 feet 8 and 175 pounds. Both of his arms are covered in tattoos.

The inmate, who is also known as Ray Ray, is charged with attempted criminal sexual conduct and burglary. Abbeville Police Sgt. C.S. Wilkie said Ray is accused of breaking into a woman’s apartment in September, robbing her and trying to assault her. He had been to court for a preliminary hearing on those charges Tuesday just before he escaped.

Wilkie said authorities consider Ray “desperate and dangerous.”

He has family in Abbeville and acquaintances in Greenville, and authorities think he may be in one of those two places.

“We are still not exactly sure how he got out of the car,” Wilkie said.

Two other inmates were in the patrol car with Ray, but authorities do not believe they helped him escape.

“They started yelling immediately,” Wilkie said. “They hollered, ‘Well, he’s stupid.’ ”

The team of dogs found Ray’s orange jumpsuit and his court paperwork in a wooded area near the intersection where he jumped out of the car. Ray did not have any clothes other than the jumpsuit, so authorities believe that if he is hiding in the woods or near it, he may be barely dressed.

Wilkie said authorities had a team set up around the area that Wilkie escaped within three minutes of when he was reported missing.

“We think that, because of the time he has been missing, someone might have picked him up by now,” Wilkie said late Tuesday. “He ran to a woman’s mobile home not long after he jumped out. He tried to get her to help him, but she screamed her head off and called 9-1-1. We were there in a minute and a half, but he had already run.”

Wilkie said Ray had been in custody in Abbeville County for about 10 days before he escaped.


Kinross escapee sentenced to life in prison

By Sault Star staff

A Michigan man has been sentenced to life in prison for a carjacking that occurred this summer when he and two other inmates attempted to escape from Kinross Correctional Facility.

Andrew Joseph Ross, 25, and two other convicted murderers hijacked a semi tractor-trailer on July 15.

The trio assaulted the driver as he was completing a delivery inside the facility, and then drove through the fences.

After the truck became snagged in the fence, the three men attempted to run away.

One of the convicts, Seth Privacky was shot and killed when he refused to stop.

Ross was serving an 18-to-40-year sentence for shooting and killing his parents and brother in McComb County in 2003.

He had 13 1/2 years left to serve on his sentence, Chippewa County prosecuting attorney Brian A. Peppler said in a news release.

The life sentence was imposed by Judge Nicholas Lambros of the 50th circuit court for Chippewa County.

Brian Lee Davidson, the third inmate involved in the escape attempt, was already serving a life sentence, without chance of parole, for the first-degree murder of an off-duty police officer.

Davidson, 31, was not charged because of that sentence.


Authorities: Montgomery County Jail escapee surrenders after standoff

HOUSTON -- A Montgomery County Jail inmate, who escaped after taking a Grimes County deputy hostage at about 4:30 p.m. Monday, surrendered peacefully two hours later, Grimes County officials said.

Joshua Johnson had a court appearance in Grimes County and was being returned to the Montgomery County Jail in handcuffs when he was able to move his hands to the front of his body and break through the partition of the squad car, said Grimes County Sheriff Donald Sowell.

Sowell said Johnson took the deputy hostage, but eventually let him go. Then, Johnson pulled over near the intersection of FM 1486 and Ben Smith Road, where he surrendered.

Johnson was evaluated and placed on suicide watch.

The deputy received some minor head wounds and was taken to a hospital, Sowell said.

Johnson was in custody at the Montgomery County Jail on a robbery charge and appeared in court Monday for a drug-related charge.


Update: Inmate's Girlfriend in Custody Linked to Jail Escape

October 26, 2010

(Pattonsburg, MO) -- Three women are now in custody linked to the jail escape of a convicted killer and two other inmates.

Investigators believe one of the women, Samantha Bulson is the girlfriend of inmate Timothy Baudour.

Another woman was identified as Kayla Smith. Authorities are still investigating her involvement.

Authorities believe all three women went to a nearby Walmart to purchase wire cutters to cut the fence for the trio to escape from the Daviess-DeKalb Regional Jail Sunday night.

Police also suspect Baudour was the mastermind behind the plot and the jail break had been in the works since mid-October.

Baudor, Carlos Sarmiento and Nicholas McCleary were discovered missing after a head count around 7:30 p.m. inside the jail Sunday.

Investigators believe the three may have gotten away sometime between 6:43 p.m. and 7:16 p.m. when they were let outside for a recreational period.

"All the surrounding counties are, there's sheriff's offices, PD's involved. The highway patrol is involved. SWAT team is involved," says Daviess County Sheriff Ben Becerra. "We would consider them dangerous, no matter what their offense is, if they're desperate enough to escape, that individual we don't know what they're capable of."

Jail officials say a head count was performed and guards reported all 19 inmates were accounted for, but it wasn't until later when the guards did another head count inside the jail that the three were discovered missing.

The guards on duty have since been suspended without pay.

Police say all three inmates should be considered dangerous.

Sarmiento was convicted of first degree murder in September for the killing of Lance Davis at a home they both shared in Jamesport.

McCleary was jailed for attempting to escape from prison. Baudour was convicted in an assault case from Livingston County.

If you have information on these men, call the Daviess County Sheriff's Department at (660)-663-2031, or dial 911.


Original Copy:

(Pattonsburg, MO) -- Three prisoners escaped from a Missouri jail Sunday night, and one of them is a convicted murderer.

Officials say the three managed to break out of the Daviess/DeKalb County Regional Jail around 8:00 p.m. by crawling under a fence.

Officers spent Sunday night trying to track them down with dogs. The men were last seen barefoot, wearing orange jumpsuits.

Police have been going door to door, notifying Pattonsburg communities of the situation.

Police are not sure how they escaped. They say there's a possibility someone was waiting for the men and gave them a ride out of the area.

"All the surrounding counties are, there's sheriff's offices, PD's involved. The highway patrol is involved. SWAT team is involved," says Daviess County Sheriff Ben Becerra. "We would consider them dangerous, no matter what their offense is, if they're desperate enough to escape, that individual we don't know what they're capable of."

Carlos Sarmiento was being held on a murder conviction. The other two escapees are identified as Nicholas McCleary and Timothy Baudour.

(Copyright 2010 by VERTEXNews/Newsroom Solutions)



Kingman prison safety hearing

Posted: Oct 27, 2010

TUCSON - When three inmates, two of them convicted murderers escaped from a Kingman prison this summer, it was a big deal, stirring international headlines.

After a full on crime spree, including an alleged double murder, searches in multiple states, all of them were caught including their accomplice in Arizona.

But when the report on the prison break was released, a series of issues came up. One of the inmate's girlfriends who ended up traveling with the crew threw wire cutters over the prison fence. That's what they used to get out.

The fence around the prison? Not topped with razor wire. The fugitives scaled that fence and hid behind a building that, the report says, is invisible to staff.

Documents showed alarms in the prison go off so often, they're often ignored.

Which leads us to now and the attention on private prisons, like the one in Kingman where the escape happened.

All are getting public hearings.

Among the speakers Wednesday night, a researcher and journalist from England.

Stephen Nathan says, "The case in Kingman highlights all that is wrong with private prisons."

Many in the room told News 4, they think state run facilities are the way to go.

Tucsonan Diane Wilson feels private prisons are not cost effective, and do little to rehabilitate inmates.

"Private prisons generally cut programs because they're expensive," says Wilson.

There's also the issue of safety. Critics feel for-profit prisons hire inexperienced and poorly trained staff to save a buck.

"The lack of oversight and lack of attention to what is happening to the prisoners in that facility," says Nathan.

Those who own and operate the Kingman prison in question were invited, but did not attend the hearing.

To be balanced, prison spokesperson Barrett Marson tells News 4: "We are committed to addressing and correcting the security deficiency that contributed to the escape."

The management company for the Kingman prison is based in Utah.
Its executives are working with the state to correct it's prison's flaws and say the escape in July should quote "not have happened."

Authorities searching for escaped inmate Airplane, helicopter and dog called in to help in search south of Mangum

Altus Times
October 29, 2010

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office were called in this morning to help in the search for a man that escaped from custody in Greer County Wednesday afternoon.

According to reports, Ralph E. Lewis, 33, was released from DOC custody in Granite on Friday, but was being held in Mangum awaiting extradition to Pennsylvania on first degree rape charges.

A call went out Wednesday afternoon that Lewis had jumped the exercise fence and was seen heading south out of Mangum on Quartz Street. Law enforcement have been tracking the escapee all night and have called in the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office to help in the search. A search dog, helicopter and an airplane were all being used in the search this morning.

Lewis was seen earlier today south of Mangum on County Road 1520 headed toward the river.

Jackson County Sheriff Roger Levick said that although Lewis was not known to have a weapon, any escapee is going to be considered dangerous. He also said that there are several rural residences that Lewis could have broken into looking for a weapon.

Lewis’ criminal record includes assault and battery upon a police officer, larceny of an automobile, escaping from the Department of Corrections, and burglary in the second degree.

He is described as 5’8”, with brown hair and brown eyes. He has multiple tattoos and was last seen wearing DOC grays.

** UPDATE **    Escapee back in custody                                     
Former DOC inmate Ralph E. Lewis, 33, is back in custody at the Greer County Jail in Mangum after escaping on Wednesday.                           
Lewis jumped a razor wire fence at the jail's recreation cage around 3 p.m. Wednesday and was apprehended underneath a trailer home near Russell, eight miles southwest of Mangum, around 11:20 a.m. Thursday.

Lewis had been released from the Oklahoma State Reformatory in Granite on Friday. He was awaiting extradition to Pennsylvania on multiple rape charges, and had been in the county jail in Mangum.

According to reports, wind has damaged the razor wire around the top
of the recreation cage and a recently hired jailer did not know the area was not secure when he released Lewis and several other inmates into the cage.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office were called in to help in the search. Shortly after the escape, Lewis was seen heading south out of Mangum on Quartz Street. Law enforcement, including the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, tracked Lewis all night and into Thursday using a search dog, helicopter and an airplane.

Lewis’ criminal record includes assault and battery upon a police officer, larceny of an automobile, escaping from the Department of Corrections, and burglary in the second degree.

Inmate, who once escaped, assaults jailer in 2nd escape attempt

By James Clark
October 30, 2010

BROWNFIELD, TX (KCBD) - An inmate tried to escape from the Terry County Jail Saturday night at about 9:00 PM.  Sheriff Larry Gilbreath says the inmate was David Rodriguez.  If that name sounds familiar it's because Rodriguez made news back in June when he and another inmate successfully escaped from the same jail.  Rodriguez, 35 years old at the time, was captured two days later in a house in Brownfield.

As for Saturday's incident, "It was an attempted escape," said Gilbreath.  "He never got out of the building." 

However, the attempt was not totally harmless.  Gilbreath says Rodriguez assaulted a jailer, who was taken to the Brownfield Regional Hospital emergency room with a back injury.

"You could tell by the way he was acting, he needed to be checked out."

Gilbreath was not sure of the extent of the jailer's injuries Saturday night and indicated he might have an update Sunday.

DPS in Lubbock says officers were sent to assist but the inmate was already in custody by the time state troopers arrived.  Gilbreath says Texas Rangers will be requested to conduct an investigation.

Inmate’s Escape Short-Lived Tuesday Morning

Paul J. Gately

An inmate who escaped a Johnson County jail work crew was back in custody just about an hour later.

JOHNSON COUNTY (November 2, 2010)—A Johnson County Jail inmate walked off a work detail Tuesday morning but was back in custody just about an hour later.

Johnny Ray Thompson, 46, was in custody on a third DWI charge and for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Thompson was working on a labor crew outside the jail and fled his assignment at about 9:20 a.m. Tuesday.

He managed to locate keys to a county vehicle and fled the area, leaving a county employee and three other inmates at the scene in the vicinity of Interstate 35 and Robin Rd., in the Burleson area.

Thompson was taken into custody by the Fort Worth Police Department at 10:28 a.m. on Jessamine St. in Fort Worth.

No injuries were reported during the hour-long ordeal.

Investigators continue to look for any connections that may have led to or persons who may have assisted with Thompson’s escape.

Investigators also are recovering some county equipment that Thompson had sold shortly after his escape.

Investigators with the Johnson County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Division continue their investigation to determine if additional charges may be filed against Thompson.

Thompson could also face an additional 10 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.


Trusty escapes from Colleton County Jail

WALTERBORO, South Carolina -- Colleton County sheriff's deputies are looking for a trusty who escaped from jail early Friday.

Leonardo Lemark Walker, 25, was being held at the Colleton County Detention Center when he apparently crawled out a window, then scaled a barbed-wire fence, Capt. Charles Fraser said.

Walker was being held with other trusties in an area not monitored because of their relatively minor charges. Fraser said a correctional officer checked on the trusties about 4:30 a.m. and noticed one was missing. Investigators swore out a warrant charging Walker with escape, Fraser said.

Walker is described as about 5-foot-9 and 150 pounds. He has been at the jail since Oct. 26 on charges of driving under suspension and being a habitual traffic offender.

He would face significantly more jail time if caught and convicted of the escape charge than what he faced for the traffic charges, Fraser said.

Hernando County jail inmate makes key out of bar of soap, tries to escape

Hernando County, Florida - A key made out of a bar of soap.

A metal pipe broken in two and covered in white toothpaste.

They're among the items deputies found in a cell at the Hernando County jail.

Tomas Ramon Montesino, 27, is currently charged with lewd and lascivious behavior, obscene communication, two counts of sex assault and more.

He's currently awaiting sentencing in the case, which could mean up to 20 years in prison, according to a detention corporal at the jail.

In his cell, investigators say Montesino tried to make a handcuff key from a bar of soap.

When deputies searched the cell, they also noticed a bar across a plexiglass window appeared to be an odd color.

Investigators scraped the metal bar and found it was cut in two separate places. The cuts were filled with tissue paper, and the entire metal bar was covered in white toothpaste to conceal the cuts, according to the offense report.

There were also numerous holes around the perimeter of the plexiglass. They were also filled with white toothpaste to conceal them, investigators say.

Deputies also found tools used to cut the bar and a metal rod that had been made into a handmade drill.

"[Montesino] stated he was going to prison for a long time," according to the offense report. "The defendant stated when he arrived in this cell, he began thinking about how to escape."

Montesino is charged with escape.


Prisoner attempts escape during dental visit

On Thursday, October 28, Red Onion State Prison (ROSP) inmate Igor P. Koob, was transported to an Abingdon, Va., dentist’s office for a scheduled dental appointment.

After the dental visit the inmate attempted to escape from his restraints in the dental office parking lot as he was being loaded into a Department of Corrections van for transportation back to ROSP.

The inmate was “subdued,” prison officials say, and returned to the facility with only minor abrasions that were treated back at Red Onion State Prison. No staff was harmed in the attempted escape.

The incident is under investigation with possible criminal charges pending.

Koob was previously arrested for grand larceny and bank robbery. His criminal record shows that he attempted to escape prison before – in February of 2008.


Defendant Tries to Escape Courthouse

Rather than get hauled back to jail, a man tried to jump out of a window to escape authorities.

JAIL BREAK: Monroe Co. inmate still on the run late Friday night 

East Tennessee authorities are searching for an escaped jail inmate.

Reporter: Nick Bona

MONROE COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) – East Tennessee authorities are searching for an escaped jail inmate.

Staffers discovered Christopher Eugene Chittum, 41 missing from the Monroe County Jail Annex early Friday morning. The sheriff’s office said Chittum was a Tennessee Department of Correction inmate serving time for criminal simulation, forgery, theft of property and violation of probation at the annex.

According to department of corrections records, he was originally sentenced in June 2008 and scheduled to be released in December 2019.

A region wide “be on the lookout for” alert broadcast late Friday night described him as weighing 235 lbs and having brown medium length hair. Chittum also sports full length tattoos on both arms and numerous others on his body. He may still be dressed in all white and being driven around in a four door vehicle by a woman.

Friday’s incident also apparently is not the first time he has escaped from custody.

WVLT Volunteer TV News reported on January 26th, 1999 that a then 29 year-old Chittum walked off a work detail in Roane County while serving a 14 year sentence for forgery and burglary out of Knox County. He was a minimum security prisoner at the time of the escape, and got away by stealing a city-owned pick-up truck.


Jail escapee caught 34 years later

By Margaret Kavanagh, Reporter 
November 14, 2010


A woman escaped from jail 34 years ago and up until this year, she lived a normal life raising her children and volunteering in Brevard County.

But an anonymous tip led authorities to Paula Carroll's house in April.

For the last three decades, Carroll was known as Sharon Brown to her husband and friends.

Last week, she accepted the state attorney's offer of one year and one day in prison for the escape.

"It's been such a shock from the start," said Carroll's husband, Ray Brown. 

Brown didn't know about his wife's escape.

Carroll escaped from prison in 1975, sentenced to five years for having stolen property in her apartment.

She met Brown a few weeks later after her escape and left her old identity of Paula Carroll behind.

Decades later, deputies showed up at her house in Melbourne to take her away.

Brown said they had a great life and they even volunteered with the Boy Scouts for over 22 years.

He said she would open her heart and her home to anyone.

"And that's the way she is and this holiday is going to be kind of void for me," Brown said. 

Carroll even set up a neighborhood watch program in this community where she lives.

"She did do something that was wrong when she was younger," Brown said. "She outcame that and turned her whole life around. She has always wanted to help people. She is hoping the youth of today can see her story and change their lives around. It's never too late to change your life about anything."

Carroll has been honored for her work in the community.

In two hearings this fall, the parole commission praised her for rehabilitating herself from an early life of drugs.

Brown has been trying to keep up with the house since has wife has been been locked away these past few months.

Inmate Evades Custody, Captured in Franklin
Another inmate escapes from custody, but is recaptured in a matter of hours.

Kentucky State Police say 27-year-old Dennis Lee Miller was being driven from the Edmonson County Courthouse to the Greenville Detention Center Tuesday morning, when he escaped.

For some reason, the transporting officer stopped at his home, leaving Miller alone in the car.

When the driver got back, both Miller and the car were gone.

But Miller was recaptured around 1:15 this afternoon, at the Flying J gas station on I-65 outside Franklin.

Miller is lodged in the Simpson County Jail.

Hey look....common sense has to prevail especially when you are transporting a prisoner!  Home?....really>>??
                                                                                      Sergeant Sandvig

Deputies, inmate hurt after escape attempt

BRANDON, Florida -- 

The inmate accused of trying to escape while receiving medical treatment Tuesday is now facing additional charges.

According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Jackie Randall, Jr., 28, was receiving treatment at the Bloomingdale Radiology Center when he tried to escape.

Authorities said a struggle broke out as deputies tried to put Randall in a wheelchair and load him into a transport van. Investigators said despite being in leg and arm shackles, Randall tried to grab the deputies' guns.

Both deputies and Randall were injured in the scuffle.

The two deputies were treated and released from Brandon Regional Hospital.

Randall was taken to Tampa General Hospital. Once released, he will be taken to the Orient Road Jail.

Randall faces numerous charges from the incident including escape, two counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer and two counts of felony battery on a law enforcement officer.

Escapee caught after Grimes County deputy attacked

Associated Press - October 26, 2010 

CONROE, Texas (AP) - An inmate sentenced to a year in jail for drug possession in Grimes County has been caught after allegedly firing a deputy's gun and driving away in a patrol vehicle.

Joshua Johnson of Hockley was held without bond Tuesday in the Montgomery County Jail facing escape and assault charges. Electronic jail records did not list an attorney for the 31-year-old Johnson, who was recaptured Monday night.

Grimes County Sheriff Don Sowell says Johnson was transported Monday from Conroe to Anderson for sentencing in the drug case.

On the return trip Johnson, while in handcuffs and leg shackles, allegedly attacked the officer, grabbed his gun and fired. The officer, who was not shot, suffered minor injuries during he scuffle.

Sowell says Johnson gave up after talking with officers via the police radio.

Haywood inmate slips out of Jail in Brownsville

Associated Press - November 22, 2010

BROWNSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Authorities in West Tennessee are searching for a fugitive from the Haywood County Jail.

WMC-TV reports 23-year-old Chris Allen White slipped between cell bars and used blankets to climb over a barbed wire fence at the jail in Brownsville.

Sheriff Melvin Bond describes White as a white male who weighs 165 pounds. White is 5 feet, 11 inches tall.

He was in jail on burglary charges when he was noticed missing around 4 a.m. Monday.

Inmate RECAPTURED after slipping out of Jail

Skinny Escapee Jailbreak

Tennessee authorities have captured an inmate who escaped early Monday morning from the Haywood County Jail.

Kristopher Allen White, 23, escaped from the jail around 4:00 a.m. Monday, according to Sheriff Melvin Bond.

Bond said White apparently "shimmied" through the bars of his cell and then used blankets to safely climb over a barbed wire fence.

"It appears he took his body and slipped through the bars of the cell," Bond said.

Bond said the bars in the cell were approximately four and a half inches apart.

"I still can't picture that," he said of the escape. "It's beyond my imagination to know how he succeeded in that."

Investigators discovered White's jail clothes and a blanket about a mile and a half away on the side of the road.

They believe someone picked him up.

According to Bond, after the escape, several of White's associates called the sheriff's department saying they had given him a ride.

White, they said, said only that he was out of jail, not that he had escaped.

A barefoot White was back in custody Monday night in Brownsville after 14 hours on the run.

He looked away from cameras as he was escorted into the jail.

Bond had some advice for him.

"Look at life good. It will be a while before you see it again," he said.

Before the escape White was behind bars after initially being captured at the Mexican border.

He is a suspect in several church burglaries in the Brownsville, Tennessee area.

Prison escapee Douglas Alward blames seventh escape on incompetent Guards

November 23, 2010
Jace Larson

CANON CITY - Prison escapee Douglas Alward, the only Colorado prisoner to ever escape past a lethal electric fence, tells 9Wants to Know any inmate could have done the same thing and blames a lack of security that allowed his seventh escape on incompetent prison officers.

"The real issue is the laziness of Sterling staff," Alward, 48, said. "Without their lack of care, none of this would have been possible."

9Wants to Know interviewed Alward in a series of phone conversations and letters he sent since he escaped and was caught again.


Colorado Department of Corrections Director Ari Zavaras disagrees with Alward and says prison staff members were doing their jobs. However, he changed prison policies across the state after Alward's most recent escape highlighted deficiencies.

"We are dead set on taking steps to ensure something like this won't happen again," Zavaras said.

The seventh escape

Alward spoke at length with the 9Wants to Know investigators about his Aug. 22 escape.

"Nine years ago when I arrived at Sterling, none of what I did would have been possible. Within the last three years or so, anyone could have done this," Alward said in a phone interview with 9Wants to Know.

Alward planned his escape for two years, working nearly every day to gather materials to carry out his plot.

As an inmate maintenance worker, he was permitted to work unsupervised performing routine plumbing repairs throughout his unit.

He removed copper piping from the ventilation system to build a ladder, took shipping boxes from the canteen, found some discarded shower curtains lying around, and hid the supplies in a wall behind a toilet and above an access panel in the ceiling of his cell.

After correction officers' nightly rounds ended at 9:20 p.m. on a windy Aug. 22, Alward made his move.

He knew debris would be blowing across the prison yard and into the fences and believed that would make it tougher for corrections officers to know he was escaping.

Getting through his cell window was simple because of maintenance work he had already performed on it.

Alward told 9NEWS that the previous year, all the windows on the east side of Sterling had been riveted shut.

"I had done all of unit 22's and placed altered rivets in my window so it appeared secure, but still opened," he said.

Once outside, Alward used his makeshift ladder to get over the first razor wire fence.

"The ladder was made out of 6-foot sections of copper pipe, with smaller pipes and vacuum extensions for rungs, and sheets and dry-wall mesh tape to hold it all together," Alward said.

He ran into a snag when he made it to the top of the first perimeter fence: the ladder broke.

"I had one leg and foot over the wire but my other leg and foot got caught in the razor wire. There's a good reason for calling it razor wire," Alward said.

Alward untangled himself and managed to get to the middle fence, which is the lethal electric fence.

"The only thing keeping potential escapees inside the fence is ignorant fear of electricity," he said.

Using cardboard and a plastic shower curtain, Alward made a device which he attached to the wire.

"I built an insulator to protect myself from the conductor," Alward said. "It's the same thing as when you grab a cord to unplug your house. You're protected from the conductor by the insulator, and that's exactly what I did."

The final fence was topped with barbed wire, not razor wife. Alward scaled the fence and went over.

Alward says the entire escape took less than 40 seconds.

After monitoring the movements of the perimeter patrol vehicles for three months, Alward's assumption that he wouldn't encounter any correctional officers proved to be right.

By 9:55 p.m., he was out of the prison and hiding in a nearby cornfield.

A search team captured Alward three days later outside the home of Elizabeth Reynolds near Yuma. He took her hostage, but she was not injured.

Officials located Alward after Reynolds' family became concerned when she could not be contacted.

"If I had waited outside in that cornfield for another day, things would have turned out different. I got impatient and went inside that house before I should have," he said.

Previous escapes

Alward has plenty of previous experience with escaping and being captured.

9Wants to Know reviewed his life history, summed up in hundreds of pages of prison records from five states and discovered Alward had escaped six times before.

His problems with the law started after his mother committed suicide in 1974 when he was 12 years old.

"I didn't have a very good family life," Alward said. "I never got along with my dad."

Alward grew up in Widefield, a suburb of Colorado Springs in unincorporated El Paso County.

In 1976, he was sent to a child treatment center in Pueblo after he set his school on fire.

"He dropped a giant fireball right here," James Drew, the Widefield School District communication director told 9Wants to Know, pointing to a place in the school's hallway.

"He wanted to burn the school down and wasn't successful," Drew said. "He seemed to have a lot of issues here at Watson Junior High School with discipline."

Alward ran away from the child treatment center. He was caught, returned and served an unknown amount of time before being released.

Within a year, he stole a car and drove to Durango.

The car broke down near a cabin his aunt owned. Alward broke into the home of Ed Scown and slept in his house while he and his wife slept.

Scown didn't realize someone was in his home until he and his wife woke up and saw Alward's jacket.

Scown confronted Alward in an attempt to get him to leave. Alward stabbed Scown, severely injuring him.

"He had a hunting knife in the palm of his hand and he got me," Scown said.

Alward also stabbed Scown's wife, causing one of her lungs to collapse.

"When he started to move, I shot him," Scown said.

Alward took off running. Scown's wife drove them both to the hospital.

"She could hear one of her wounds bubbling and she was pushing back against the car seat to try to stop it from bleeding," he said. "She drove us 12 miles to Mercy Hospital."

Both survived.

The La Plata County Sheriff found Alward hiding in 20-degree weather in his aunt's cabin, which had no heat.

"We ran in hoping to surprise him as best we could. Sure enough, I found him in the bed," said Sheriff Duke Schirard, who was an investigator at the time.

Alward was convicted of attempted murder, but escaped while getting treatment at Denver General Hospital for the gunshot wound.

Schirard says Alward was chained to the hospital bed and used the mechanical bed to snap the chain and break free.

Alward ran to Florida where he was arrested again and escaped from the Manatee, Florida County Jail in 1979.

When caught, the Colorado Department of Corrections placed him in the Buena Vista Correctional Facility in 1980. Staff members labeled him "very high escape risk," according to records reviewed by 9Wants to Know.

Within months, Alward said he broke through the prison gates with two other inmates in a stolen bus.

"We had access to some vehicles. We weren't supposed to but we did. I busted down the back two gates with a school bus," he said. "The guys were supposed to come behind me in a car, but they didn't so I went and jumped in the river."

Alward was captured floating down the Arkansas River in an inner tube about 30 minutes later.

By 1985, Alward was doing time at the Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility in Canon City.

Renovations at the prison allowed him to disappear into the prison walls.

"They were rebuilding the inside of cell house one and cell house seven," he said. "I hid inside the auditorium up above the kitchen for about two days until they called the search off."

"Then I broke a hole through the wall that separated the kitchen from the cell house," Alward told 9NEWS. "I went from inside the cell house, which was basically just big empty buildings, and got a couple boards and leaned them up against the wall. I climbed up and went over."

He had stolen a Department of Transportation dump truck and headed to California where he withdrew $5,000 from an account left to him by his grandmother who died in 1981.

From there he went to Seattle, and claims he was mugged and lost all his money.

While working in Yakima, Washington, he committed burglaries and a robbery but was never caught, according to a presentence report.

Traveling to Truth or Consequences, New Mexico he stole a car and was ultimately arrested after holding up a coffee shop in Tucson, Arizona in October 1985.

Alward spent six years in an Arizona prison before being brought to the Freemont County Jail for a court hearing on his 1985 escape.

Alward and another prisoner overpowered a guard who was taking the two inmates to review legal materials at the county law library.

Policy at the time required inmates to have one free hand to look at legal materials. One guard escorted the two inmates.

The officer had already released one of the inmate's hands and was beginning to take the second inmate's hand out of handcuffs when the escape happened, said Freemont County Sheriff Jim Beicker, who was a deputy at the time and the first person on scene.

"When the officer began to take off the second inmate's restraints, the officer's attention was distracted from the first. That inmate grabbed him," Beicker said.

The two men stole the guard's gun.

Alward tells the story differently. He says the guard allowed each inmate to have both hands free. He also says the guard's gun was too big for his holster and that made it easy for the inmates to grab his gun.

Alward walked out of the county courthouse and headed to Idaho.

"This cop tried to pull me over one night and I took off on him. I bailed out of the car and ran. He started chasing me in his car. I fired four rounds at his car and I got away," Alward said.

The next day, Alward was at an upholstery shop hiding out when an employee came into the store.

"It was on a Sunday. I just assumed no one was going to be there," Alward said.

Alward forced the employee to drive him across the border to Oregon where he was captured the next day.

Alward was returned to the Arizona Department of Corrections to finish serving time.

In 2001, he was transferred to the Colorado Department of Corrections' newest prison in Sterling, where he spent nine years before making his most recent escape.

Prison changes

Alward is now in the Colorado State Penitentiary in Canon City. He is currently being held at the state's highest security level,
known as administrative segregation.

"He's in lockdown 23 hours a day. Whenever he is out of his cell, he is completely shackled, hands and feet. He has two staff members with him every time he's out of the cell," Zavaras said.

"It's been an eye opening experience for the entire department," Zavaras said. "We think we let the public down, certainly the Sterling community, certainly every Colorado citizen."

Since the escape, Zavaras has ordered more razor wire installed around the fences. He also ordered some inmates removed from low-security classifications and has also implemented new prison search policies statewide.

He believes the new search policies will catch any inmate trying to hide materials in cells.

Inmates who pose the highest risk of escape will not be allowed to be classified in the lowest security levels, like Alward had been.

In September, while in administrative segregation, Alward was able to mail a letter to 9Wants to Know without prison staff properly reviewing the letter.

Zavaras says he has addressed that issue with prison staff.

He says no prison staff has lost their job because of Alward's escape.

"We've learned from this situation and at the end of the day we are going to be a lot better agency as a result," Zavaras said.

"I would say it's highly unlikely that he will ever be in a position where he will be able to do this again," Zavaras said.


Jail policies could change after Hays County escape

Posted on November 24, 2010

Hays County deputies are still investigating its first jail break in decades. They believe 38-year-old James Moore and 31-year-old Francisco Medina had outside help.

The Sheriff's department plans to make sure no other inmates attempt another escape. The Hays County’s Sheriff just took office seven days ago. After Wednesday morning's escape, new policies and could be the first order of business.

Francisco Medina was taken in to authorities with his head slumped, hands in cuffs, and being escorted slowly to an ambulance. Hays County authorities caught him off Harris Hill and Selinas Road around 6 a.m. Wednesday. His accomplice, James Moore, was in handcuffs again as well, just 30 minutes earlier. The escapees only got about half a mile from the jail.

"They made a forcible break," Chief Deputy Jamie Page of the Hays County Sheriff’s Office said. "They had been preparing for it for some time." 

Deputies say both men shaved their heads before going to do their kitchen duties at 3 a.m. Then, just minutes later, the two literally busted out the back kitchen door before climbing over a barbed wire fence, shedding some clothes, then running for the river just over a hill.

"Like a crack; it sounded like a big metal door crashing which is what it was," San Marcos police officer Robert Elrod said. "It was loud enough to get my attention.” He drove up as it all happened and jump-started the manhunt. “I was a little shocked. I called the jailer over there and said, 'Are these guys supposed to be out?' and of course he said 'no.'”

The Sheriff’s Department says both inmates are considered a medium risk even though Moore is considered a career criminal and is being held for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Medina is being held for sexual assault of a child.

The chief deputy says it is not unusual for a guard to take his eyes off inmates when they are on kitchen duty. It is about 12 inmates to one guard, and the space is the size of a commercial kitchen. No guards watch the jail yard either, and according to deputies the surveillance cameras are not facing most of the fencing. That may all change after Wednesday's escape.

“We will be looking at our policies and procedures, but at this time it was a plan forcible escape and from what I can see, we will make minor changes; nothing major,” the chief deputy said.

As for the sheriff, he is actually hunting at his ranch in West Texas this week, but says he is pleased with how quickly his deputies caught the escapees.

Right now, the sheriff’s department has not filed additional charges against Medina and Moore, but could by Monday.




Jailers charge inmates with escape in sex-romp case

USA Today
November 18, 2010

Six prisoners were charged with escape last week after jailers in Greene County, Ind., realized they were crawling through the ceiling to engage in "sexual activity."

Once the guards found suspicious notes, they say it wasn't hard to figure out what was going on.

"I asked [a female inmate] if she knew why I might want to talk to her," a detective writes in a court filing posted online at The Smoking Gun. "[She] asked if it had anything to do with the girls going through the ceiling."

The prisoners, three men and three women, knocked the ceiling tiles loose and then moved between the male and female cellblocks, according to the filing. As a result, the Bloomfirld Free Press says, each of the "dirty half-dozen" has been charged with felony escape.

Sheriff Terry Pierce isn't happy about all the late-night action in his jail. "Obviously this is embarrassing for us," he tells WTHI-TV.


Jail inmate attempts naked escape, is arrested again

By Matt Field
Staff Writer
November 26, 2010
LA PORTE, Indiana – A naked man attempted to escape from the La Porte County jail by climbing through a secure vent in a bathroom ceiling Wednesday morning.

A La Porte County Sheriff’s K-9 deputy was getting his dog at 9:52 a.m. from his patrol vehicle when he saw Anthony Farris’ legs dangling from an outdoor light fixture the inmate had popped out of an overhang soffit on the jail.

Farris, 30, La Porte, who’d been arrested for battery Tuesday night, was trying to make the roughly 12-foot drop to the ground, Sheriff Mike Mollenhauer said Wednesday.

“Somehow, he shimmied up the wall and was able to unscrew a trap door in the ceiling,” said Mollenhauer, adding, Deputy Harlan Williams had “seen him dangling there, his legs and
part of his waist, as he was trying to fit through this small space.”

After Williams confronted Farris, the would-be escapee began to climb back into the opening. Williams tried to Taser Farris, hitting him with one probe, before the inmate got back into the pipe chase, according to a La Porte County Sheriff’s Department press release.

Farris, naked from his stay in the isolation cell, crawled around the small area between the isolation cell and the outer north wall of the jail for several minutes as deputies searched for a way to get at him.

Deputies eventually captured Farris with the help of Williams’ K-9 partner Hokie. The inmate was taken to La Porte Hospital for minor injuries.

Following his escape attempt, Farris was also charged with resisting law enforcement, escape and intimidation.

Farris had been in the padded isolation cell in the first place because he was combative after being arrested, Mollenhauer said. Farris was naked in the cell, save a blanket.

“He never got out of the building, but it was quite a situation for awhile; of course the jail was on lock down,” Mollenhauer said.

Inmate who zapped Deputy is caught after escape

Maurice Ainsworth, 24, was captured at 4:35 p.m. about three blocks from Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz, said Sgt. Mark Yanez of the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Department. Ainsworth was taken to the hospital for evaluation and then will be returned to jail, police said. There was no word on whether Ainsworth or law enforcement officers were injured during the capture.

Ainsworth was being taken to Dominican at 11:30 a.m. for an unspecified medical procedure that required his handcuffs to be removed, Yanez said. Ainsworth, who is 6-foot-7 and weighs 275 pounds, overpowered the deputy, zapped her with the Taser shock weapon and fled with her .40-caliber handgun, police said.

He fled into the nearby neighborhood. The deputy, whose name was not released, is being treated at Dominican for injuries.

Nearby Harbor High School and DeLaveaga Elementary School were on lockdown from noon until dismissal time at 3 p.m., said Gary Bloom, superintendent of Santa Cruz schools. "There was no interaction between school personnel or students and the fugitive," he said.

Ainsworth is awaiting trial Jan. 10 on four felony charges in connection with a March 2009 home invasion robbery in Los Gatos.



Associated Press

Deputy Injured by Inmate Released

A Northern California sheriff's deputy allegedly beaten and attacked with a Taser by an inmate who escaped from her custody is out of the hospital.

Santa Cruz County sheriff's Sgt. Dan Campos says the unnamed deputy was released late Monday from Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz.

She was allegedly punched several times in the face and bitten severely on the finger by 24-year-old Maurice Ainsworth.

Campos says Ainsworth also caused lacerations to her ear when he attacked her with her Taser.

The deputy was transporting the 6-foot-7-inch, 275-pound Ainsworth to Dominican Hospital earlier Monday when he allegedly escaped.

Authorities say they captured Ainsworth in a vacant house following foot and aerial searches.

Ainsworth had been in jail on charges of committing a home invasion robbery.


Sex Offender Escapes from Peach County Jail

December 1, 2010
Coreen Sivitski

Inmate Damon Ferguson escaped from the Peach County Jail Tuesday around 12:30pm.  According to Sheriff Terry Deese, Ferguson somehow got his hands on the keys to the exterior door.  The jail is currently under construction.  Sheriff Deese tells 41 NBC once Ferguson got outside he was able to get through an opening in the security fence due to the construction.

Various law enforcement groups are searching the Fort Valley area including Fort Valley Police, Byron Police, Georgia State Patrol, the GBI and more.  A helicopter and tracking dogs are assisting in the search.

Ferguson was in jail for burglary and has previously been convicted for sexual battery.  He’s described as a white male, 6’2”, 170lbs, with brown short hair.  He has two band aids on his forearm. 

If you have any information on his whereabouts call the Peach County Sheriff’s Office at (478) 825-5144.

Ummmmmm.....sum'tin don't sound right with dis' scenario!
                                                                        Sergeant Sandvig

Another article concerning Inmate Maurice Ainsworth Escape from Custody

December 2, 2010
The Associated Press

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. --

A California inmate who terrorized a preschool after stealing a deputy's gun during an escape had faked a shoulder injury as part of his plan, authorities said.

With 24-year-old Maurice Ainsworth back behind bars, Santa Cruz County Sheriff Phil Wowak said he believes the inmate knew he would be unshackled during a medical exam at a hospital, since nothing metal is allowed in an MRI scanner.

Ainsworth repeatedly elbowed Deputy Cathy Bramanti in the head and bit her index finger as she tried to re-shackle him after the Monday exam, Wowak said.

"It is my belief that he probably planned this," Wowak said at a news conference late Tuesday.

Before being recaptured, the escapee burst into a preschool, where the owner says he pointed a gun at the head of a teacher caring for several infants.

He demanded the teacher's keys, but an anti-theft device prevented him from starting her car.

"I was panicked. I drove like a maniac to get over here," said The Secret Garden Too preschool owner Cathy LaTorre, who said she was just down the street when the school was stormed. "I was so worried."

By the time she arrived, police were not letting anyone into the school, where about 30 children were in attendance at the time. No one was injured in the incident.

Ainsworth was transported to Santa Cruz County jail following an overnight hospital stay for an undisclosed condition, sheriff's Sgt. Dan Campos said.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel reported that deputies believe Ainsworth ingested medications at a home he broke into Monday while fleeing police.

The sheriff said Deputy Bramanti had chased Ainsworth as he fled the hospital, but he stole her Taser stun gun and handgun as they fought.

"She just didn't give up," Wowak said.

Bramanti was treated and released Monday from Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz, the same hospital where the escape took place.

As the escapee ran, he allegedly fired a shot at a woman who chased him, missing her by two feet, the sheriff said.

The Sheriff's Department planned to review procedures that currently allow an inmate to be transported out of jail guarded by only one deputy.

"Obviously there needs to be changes if there's any way (inmates) can get away," Wowak said.

Ainsworth was being held for investigation of offenses ranging from attempted homicide and burglary to battery on a peace officer and kidnapping, Campos said.

"There's just a laundry list of charges," he said.

Prior to the escape, Ainsworth had been in jail accused of committing a home invasion robbery.

The policy definately needs to be changed....this inmate is without question a piece of s@#t!
                                                Sergeant Sandvig

                      ** ANOTHER UPDATE **

Hearing scheduled for Santa Cruz escaped inmate, manhunt suspect

By Stephen Baxter

SANTA CRUZ -- A 24-year-old jail inmate who led authorities on a five-hour manhunt after a hospital escape will face an April 4 preliminary hearing, a Santa Cruz County Superior judge decided Tuesday.

Maurice Lamont Ainsworth, of Santa Cruz, faces life in prison if convicted of 29 criminal counts linked to his escape attempt in November 2010, prosecutors said. His charges include attempted murder, assault and kidnapping.

Ainsworth appeared in Judge Paul Burdick's court Tuesday straight faced and wearing orange-and-white striped jail clothes. He pleaded not guilty to all his charges and special allegations and waived his right to a trial within 60 days.

His attorney, Mark Garver, will confirm the April 4 preliminary hearing date on April 1.

On Nov. 29, 2010, Ainsworth was escorted from County Jail to Dominican Hospital for an MRI on his shoulder. While a deputy was replacing his shackles after the exam, Ainsworth elbowed her and tried to escape, authorities said.

The fight landed outside the hospital. When the deputy reached for her Taser, Ainsworth grabbed it and fired the Taser in the deputy's ear, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Ainsworth then took the deputy's handgun and ran to a preschool where he demanded car keys from a teacher, ditched the keys when the car's alarm sounded, and ran in to several homes in the area, according to the sheriff's office.

After an extensive, guns-drawn search, authorities apprehended him in a home's upstairs bathroom before dusk.


Ainsworth had been held on burglary and kidnapping charges prior to his attempted escape. He is being held in County Jail in lieu of $2 million bail.

In February 2010, Ainsworth was sentenced to four years in prison for felony auto theft, evading a police officer, and buying and selling stolen property, according to court records. He had not started that sentence by the time of his escape because of a separate pending home invasion trial.

In that case, Ainsworth is accused of kidnapping a family of three in Los Gatos, ransacking their home, stealing their Lexus and Jeep Cherokee, and robbing them of money, jewelry and guns. Ainsworth also faces life in prison for that incident.

In 2007, Ainsworth was convicted in Santa Cruz County of buying and selling stolen property and was later sentenced to three years incarceration, according to court records.

In 2005, Ainsworth was sentenced to two years incarceration for felony vandalism conspiracy in 2005.

Jail: Shackled Inmate Briefly Escapes

Inmate Was Wearing Wrist, Leg Restraints, Jail Says

Clark County inmate escapes Jail

Lamar Demond Holmes, who was sentenced to 30 years, was awaiting transfer to a state penitentiary when he escaped, Sheriff David Turner said.

Turner said another inmate distracted a deputy, allowing Holmes to run out an open door.

Holmes is considered dangerous but not armed.

Update: Escaped Clark County Inmate Back Behind Bars

After being on the run for several hours, an escaped inmate from the Clark County Jail was back in custody Friday night.

Lamar Demond Holmes, 34, of Hope, got away just before 8 PM Friday.

It's still unknown at this time how he escaped.

Holmes was in jail, serving a 30 year sentence for the robbery of an Arkadelphia US Bank Branch back on August 24, 2010.

The robbery was near the campuses of Henderson State & Ouachita Baptist Universities.

  **More to the story** 


Understaffed Jail blamed for inmate escape

Lamar Holems is back in the Clark County Jail tonight, but people in Arkadelphia are still asking the same question: How did he escape?

Officials say the jailer left a sealed door open when he walked away to briefly check on another inmate. That's when officials with the department say Holems made his escape. They say he locked the only jailer inside and made it outside through three secure doors by jamming a control panel.

Sgt. Jim Pennington with the Clark County Sheriffs Department says Holems is the inmate that needs the most supervision.

"It's one of the things that keeps you up at night and you pray it doesn't happen but we're fortunate it was just one," he said.  "It could have been more."

There is one on-duty jailer at the facility at a time to handle the 40-plus inmates.

"I feel had there been two jailers on duty at the time this probably wouldn't have happened," said Sgt. Pennington.

Holems made it all the way to the Walmart across town in the three hours of his escape.
A shopper thought he looked suspicious because he didn't have shoes on and called police around 10:30 Friday night.

An internal investigation into the jailer on duty is underway.

Lamar Holems was recently sentenced to 30 years in the Arkansas Correctional Facility for robbing a bank back in August.

Clark County Sheriff's officials say Holems has a history of escaping from other facilities.  He faces charges of escape and could also face possible assault charges.


Authorities shoot inmate attempting to escape County Jail in Indio California

December 12, 2010
Colin Atagi and Erica Felci
The Desert Sun

An inmate was shot Saturday evening while trying to escape from the Riverside County Jail in Indio. 

The attempted escape occurred at about 7:50 p.m. Saturday when two inmates of the Riverside County Jail in Indio tried to escape from the facility at 46-057 Oasis St., according to sherif'f's detective Matt Diaz.

Authorities have released few details, but officials say two men were somehow able to make their way onto the roof of the one-story facility.

"The inmates were incarcerated for violent felonies and would have been considered an immediate public threat had they successfully escaped," officials reported in a news release this morning.

Diaz added that at least one of the men made it to the ground.

A sheriff's deputy on the ground fired one round striking one of the inmates, Diaz said. He could not say which inmate was struck or if that inmate had a weapon or refused orders to stop.

He said the inmate who was shot suffered non-life threatening injuries and was treated at Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs. The other inmate, who was not shot, was also taken there for an exam just as a precaution, Diaz added.

Their names have not been released.

Per department policy, the deputy who fired on the inmate has been placed on paid administrative leave.

Diaz also would not say how the two men were able to get onto the roof.

“For matters of jail security, that’s an issue that has to be addressed and fixed first," he told The Desert Sun today. "We don’t want that to be public.”

The sheriff's department's central homicide unit was called in to investigate the deputy-involved shooting.

All inmates have now been accounted for, authorities said.

No other injuries of inmates or sheriff's department personnel were reported.

The jail was temporarily locked down as authorities on scene investigated the incident.


 Frequent searches absolutely necessary! 

Now here is a dude who used his DEAD Grandpa to escape!  I'm sure the family is damn proud of him!         
                            Sergeant Sandvig

Linn County Jail inmate leaves for funeral, doesn’t return

by Jeff Raasch
14 December 2010
An inmate let out of the Linn County Jail in Iowa to attend his grandfather’s funeral has not returned, authorities said.

Inmate Jamal M. Baylis

Jamal M. Baylis, 29, was released from jail Friday to attend the funeral in Chicago. He was ordered by the court to return back to jail at 5 p.m. Monday to resume serving his sentence, but he did not return.

Court records show Baylis has an extensive criminal history. He is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 28 on a first-degree robbery charge after he and another man allegedly used an air pistol to rob a man in Marion. After the incident, police chased the car Baylis was driving down Interstate 380 until he ran over stop sticks in Cedar Rapids, according to a police report.

Baylis was also awaiting trial after an arrest for possession of a controlled substance in late September.

Baylis is described as a black male, around 5-foot-11 and 170 pounds. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call the Linn County Sheriff’s Office at (319) 892-6100 or Cedar Rapids police at (319) 286-5491.



















Jail inmate escapes

December 16, 2010


There is still no new information regarding the whereabouts of Brandon John Cote, according to the Baraga County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities are on the lookout for an inmate who escaped from the Baraga County Jail.    

Inmate Cote

Brandon John Cote escaped around 9:30 Wednesday night.  He is from Baraga County and also has family in Wisconsin.

He is Native American, 6 feet tall, weighing 200 pounds, with short brown hair and brown eyes.
Cote was last seen wearing dark blue jeans and a light gray hooded sweatshirt.
Anyone who may have seen him or knows his whereabouts is asked to call the Baraga County Sheriff's Department at (906) 524-6177 or your local law enforcement agency.

** UPDATE **
January 5, 2011 - By GARRETT NEESE

L'ANSE, Michigan - The inmate who escaped from the Baraga County Jail last month is headed to circuit court.

Brandon Cote, 26, waived his right to a preliminary hearing in 97th District Court Tuesday morning.

Cote, a trustee at the jail, left on the night of Dec. 15 to bring the trash out. He was gone until almost four days later, when police acted on an anonymous tip and found Cote in a Zeba residence.
Cote is charged with escape from prison, a five-year felony. Although he was at the jail, Cote was under the jurisdiction of the Department of Corrections, said Prosecutor Joseph O'Leary.

Cote had been imprisoned for violating parole on a home invasion charge; he failed to report to his parole officer.

His escape came shortly before he was scheduled to leave the jail for a treatment center. He is still in the jail.

Cote's circuit court arraignment is set for 1 p.m. Jan. 25. 




I wanted to post this older news story (below) for everyone's information...keep an eye out for those loose bricks and dummies in their beds!!       
Sergeant Sandvig

Two Union County Jail inmates pull off elaborate escape

December 15, 2007
Russell BenAli

Two inmates accused of violent crimes escaped from New Jersey's Union County Jail this evening, setting off a massive police search after the men removed cement blocks from two walls, jumped 25-feet to the ground and fled, authorities said.

Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow identified the escapees as Jose Espinosa, 20, and Otis Blunt, 32, both charged with felony crimes. Both remained at large tonight and are considered dangerous, Romankow said.

Espinosa, a confirmed Bloods gang member, pleaded guilty this year to aggravated manslaughter for the August 2005 drive-by shooting of Hassan Jackson in Elizabeth, Romankow said. He was scheduled to be sentenced to 17 years in prison, Romankow said.

Blunt, of Toms River, was awaiting trial on robbery and weapons charges in connection with the 2005 shooting of a convenience store manager in Hillside, authorities said.
Union County spokesman Sebastian D'Elia, said the escape was reported about 6 p.m.

The men were held in adjacent cells in a special housing area of the jail, Romankow said. An investigation into the escape revealed that an 8-inch high, 16-inch wide cement cinder block was removed from a wall separating the two cells housing Blunt and Espinosa, he said.

"Blunt evidently squeezed through that small opening into Espinosa's cell," Romankow said. "Espinosa, meanwhile had removed a similarly sized block and the surrounding mortar on the outside wall, next to a window. It is believed the two men squeezed through the outside wall and jumped to a rooftop just below."

From there, the men scaled a 25-foot high metal fence topped with razor wire and fell to the ground, officials said.

In their cells, the men constructed dummies and left them in their beds covered with blankets, Romankow said. They covered holes they had dug in the walls with magazine photos of bikini clad women, he said.

Union County Sheriff Ralph Froehlich said a county canine unit picked up the scent of the escapees and followed it to a point where the men separated.


Lincoln County Jail escape may lead to hundreds of Jail renovations

December 18, 2010

(KMOV)-- A jail escape in Lincoln County may lead to the redesign of as many as 300 other jails nationwide.
According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, Lincoln County Jail officials say two inmates were able to escape last month by climbing into a drop ceiling and crawling through an air duct to the roof.
One of the escapees, John Wesley Jones, is a suspect in the multi-million dollar ATM Solutions heist. Both men were eventually captured.
Lincoln County authorities say changes have been made, but the company that designed the jail is checking to see if similar changes should be made at the hundreds of others it designed

Escaped inmate quickly found

Father says he urged son to turn himself in

Marion County Jail escape attempt discovered, charges pending against inmate

December 28, 2010

PALMYRA, Mo. -- Charges are pending against a Marion County Jail inmate after authorities say evidence of an escape attempt was uncovered early Monday morning. William Fitzpatrick, 47, faces charges after Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Shinn said glass blocks were discovered outside the jail during a routine check by a detention officer. After a head count, all inmates were accounted for and a search of Fitzpatrick's jail cell revealed handmade tools and other evidence of an escape attempt, the sheriff said. The hole in the wall was about three feet by six to eight inches, and Shinn said Fitzpatrick could have squeezed through the opening.

It's the first escape attempt at the jail in 10 years, according the sheriff. The jail was built in 1992. Fitzpatrick has been placed in lockdown mode and not allowed to have contact with other inmates, Shinn said.

Fitzpatrick has been in the jail since May on Missouri Department of Corrections probation violation warrants, burglary warrants in Marion County and warrants from three other counties.

Shinn said reports have been forwarded to Marion County Prosecutor Tom Redington for review and to determine new charges.



Failed Jail escape in Marion Co. causes "several thousands" in damage

December 28, 2010

MARION COUNTY, Mo. (WGEM)-- Authorities are tightening up security measures at the Marion County Jail after an inmate tried to escape earlier this week.

He smashed out the window of his cell but jailers discovered it before he could escape.

But that breakout attempt left behind thousands of dollars in damage.

The Marion County sheriff says a jailer saw when taking out the trash around 3:30 Monday morning. He noticed what he thought were blocks of ice on the ground. When he went to investigate. He saw a large hole in one of the windows and the so called blocks of ice were actually a cell window's glass.

The jail went on lockdown.

"They immediately went to the room in question and found the detainee in his cell and basically we moved him to an isolation cell we immediately did a head count to be sure we had everyone accounted for, all of our inmates, and we did," said Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Shinn.

Sheriff Jimmy Shinn says he believes the inmate, William Curtis Fitzpatrick broke the glass and chipped the brick with tools he made from plumbing accessories. The hole is almost 4 feet long.

Ten years ago an inmate escaped the same way.

"It wasn't quite big enough at that time period we don't believe for him to get out but he was working on the actual metal framing around the concrete blocks as soon as he got that out he would have been able to get out as did the individual in 2000," said Sheriff Shinn.

Sheriff Shinn says they believe Fitzpatrick had been working on the hole for 48 hours.

Shinn says no one noticed because the window in Fitzpatrick's cell was covered with cardboard.

"We let them put stuff in their windows to block out the daylight because a lot of them want to sleep during the day and stuff so that is going to be completely stopped now everything will be out of the window sill so when the detention staff go in they can see through the windows and see if any damage has been done," said Sheriff Shinn.

Sheriff Shinn also hopes to have bars installed on the second floor windows, right now they're only on the first floor.

He also wants to add 10 more security cameras to the jail bringing the total to 18.

Shinn says these changes should help foil any future escape plans.

Sheriff Shinn says the cell will be repaired Monday.

He estimates the repairs will cost several thousand dollars. Fitzpatrick won't be paying the cost of the damage, it will be paid for by taxpayer money. 

Inmate escapes West Feliciana Parish Jail

January 2, 2011

ST. FRANCISVILLE, LA (WAFB) - Authorities are looking for an inmate who escaped from the West Feliciana Parish Jail on Sunday.

Sheriff Austin Daniel said David St. Germain, 45, left sometime between 4:30 p.m. and 5:15 p.m.

He added teams are searching buildings right around the jail.

St. Germain was serving time for a parole violation.


January 4, 2011

ST. FRANCISVILLE, La. (AP) — Authorities continue to search for the man who escaped from the West Feliciana Parish jail.

Sheriff J. Austin Daniel tells The Advocate that 45-year-old David St. Germain, a trusty, pulled the chain-link wire mesh of an exercise yard fence apart Sunday night, allowing him to reach an animal control pen. Daniel said St. Germain then pulled razor wire apart at the top of another fence to escape.

Sheriff's office records show St. Germain was a state prisoner allowed to participate in a work release program, but was arrested in February for allegedly burglarizing his employer's business.


Inmate attempts daring escape, police say

January 4, 2011
Jennifer Baker

How many times do I have to say this???  "drop & roll dude!"
                                                     Sergeant Sandvig

A Hamilton County inmate faces a new charge of escape after attempting a daring leap for freedom.

Leonard Abraham, 45, of Avondale, is accused of using a padlock he stashed in his sock to smash out a second-story window on Dec. 29 at the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office’s Reading Road facility, or Talbert House, jail officials said early Tuesday.

He jumped from the window and fell out onto Reading Road, hurting both of his ankles, jail officials said. Unable to walk, he asked a passerby for help.

Abraham is now held at the Hamilton County jail on a $50,000 bond related to the escape charge. He is scheduled to make his first court appearance on the case Tuesday.

He already faces three counts of theft and one count of criminal trespass from a December case. He is held on an additional $11,000 bond on those charges.

Inmate's escape prompts investigation about transfer procedure

(Sorry...something doesn't seem quite right with this incident?  Am I missing something?)
Sergeant Sandvig

January 5, 2011
Detroit Free Press Staff Writers

An investigation is under way to determine whether Wayne County Sheriff's Office deputies followed proper procedures when an inmate convicted of attempted murder, rape and kidnapping escaped from them.  Willie B. Wright, 45, whom officials had called a danger to the public, was captured today -- a day after he received treatment for a wrist injury at Harper Hospital in Detroit.

The 6-foot-5 Wright, who weighs between 275 and 300 pounds, was being escorted afterward to a transport vehicle by two deputies when he fought them and fled, the Wayne County Sheriff's Office said.

Wright was wearing leg chains, but was not handcuffed because of undisclosed treatment for an injury to one of his wrists, said Paula Bridges, spokeswoman for Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon. Wright worked his way out of one of the leg irons before escaping, she said.

It was not clear, however, why authorities did not secure Wright's uninjured wrist to a stomach chain that authorities could use in conjunction with the leg chains when transporting a prisoner. On this afternoon, police warned at a news conference that anyone helping him elude authorities would face criminal charges.

Undersheriff Daniel Pfannes said at the news conference that Wright had avoided capture despite a major search effort with help from the FBI, U.S. Marshals Service and Detroit Police.

"For him to evade us for this long, we know he must be being helped by a loved one or a friend," Pfannes said. "The public needs to be mindful of the fact that this man was convicted of shooting and raping and kidnapping a woman."

Pfannes declined to answer questions seeking more specifics about how Wright overpowered the officers to escape -- despite the use of pepper spray -- and whether restraints used during the transport were within proper police protocol.

Napoleon and other Sheriff's Office administrators are closely examining the incident, Bridges said.

That includes Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon, Bridges said.

"The executives are looking into whether or not procedures were followed," she said.

Meanwhile, the two deputies with Wright at the time of his escape have been temporarily reassigned within the jail pending the outcome of the internal investigation, Bridges said.

Wright was convicted of assault with intent to commit murder, kidnapping, first-degree criminal sexual conduct and felony firearms charges and sentenced Dec. 10 to 35-60 years in prison, Wayne County Prosecutor's Office spokeswoman Maria Miller said.

The female victim was raped and forced to go to another location, where Wright shot her in the head, Bridges said.






Escaped Perry County inmate captured in Hattiesburg

Twenty year old Jonathan Andrew Kelly was reported missing at around 2:00 a.m. following a head count in the jail. He had managed to escape by climbing a stack of tires located near a fence in the rear of the yard and throwing a blanket over the razor wire.

Perry County Sheriff Jimmy Dale Smith said Kelly had access to the yard at that time due to a policy violation by one of the guards. Smith said the guard in question has been reprimanded and suspended for 30 days.

Kelly was captured in Hattiesburg near Helveston Road around midday Monday after sheriff's deputies received tips from relatives of the inmate.

Kelly was in jail on a probation violation and now faces felony escape charges.







Inmate escapes McKinley Co. Jail

January 19, 2011
Magdalena Sharpe

McKinley County Jail officials in New Mexico tell KOB Eyewitness News 4 that an inmate escaped Wednesday afternoon.

Jeremy Lucero, born in 1976, escaped the adult detention center around 10:50 a.m. Wednesday.

A witness reported seeing Lucero scaling the jail wall.

Lucero was in jail on aggravated assault charges.

Officials say Lucero, who is believed to be in the Gallup area, is considered armed and dangerous.  

Authorities are set to release a mug shot of Lucero sometime Wednesday afternoon.

Warren Co. Jail Escapee Caught After 3 Months On Run

January 19, 2011

- After three months on the run, an escapee who tunneled out of the Warren County jail is back behind bars.

Bail bond agents captured George "Hondo" Pease in Alabama on Monday along with Sherry Turner.

Pease has been charged with escape, and Turner is charged with aiding his escape.

Pease along with Marty Cooper escaped from the Warren County jail back on October 15, by using a metal pipe from a toilet to dig their way through a wall.

Deputies caught Cooper a little more than a week later after he texted the wrong number, and the man turned him in.
Escaped Inmate Caught After Texting Wrong Number

Since then, the sheriff said jail staffers are looking at a number of ways to reinforce the jail's walls, which are made of hollow concrete blocks. The most likely scenario is using steel sheets to reinforce the walls in some areas.

Inmate tries to escape from Jail in Cumberland County

CUMBERLAND COUNTY, NC (WECT) – An inmate in Cumberland County is facing additional charges after trying to overtake an officer and escape jail.

Billy Joe Scott, 23 of Fayetteville, was being held in the Cumberland County Detention Center on unrelated charges of armed robbery.  Now, he faces charges of:

  •  2nd degree kidnapping
  • attempted escape from a detention facility
  • assault on a government official
  • injury to personal property

According to Debbie Tanna with the sheriff's office, Scott is accused of grabbing a detention officer, who was making security checks, around the neck around 9:45 Tuesday night.  Scott pulled the officer into a nearby cell and took the radio and keys.

Scott tried to use the keys to escape, but he was apprehended in a secured stairwell, which is part of the jail's design to prevent escape.

Tanna said the inmate was detained and returned to his cell without any problems.

Scott was taken to a nearby detention center for safekeeping and is being held in lieu of a $227,000 bond.



McKinley Co. Jail inmate is recaptured

January 20, 2011

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) - Gallup police on Thursday picked up a McKinley County Jail inmate who they say escaped the day before.

Authorities say 34-year-old Jeremy Lucero fled the adult detention center around 11 a.m. Wednesday and was arrested shortly before 7:30 a.m. Thursday.

Deputy Police Chief John Allen says Lucero was arrested near a Gallup motel by a patrol officer who recognized him.

Allen says Lucero did not resist arrest.

He was booked into the jail on an escape charge.

A witness had reported seeing Lucero scaling the jail wall Wednesday.

Authorities say Lucero was in jail on aggravated assault charges.

Melissa Yazzie, 32, was also arrested and charged with aiding Lucero in his escape and intentionally misleading officers about his whereabouts.

Inmate escapes from Sutter County Jail

January 23, 2011
Trevor Zickgraf

SUTTER COUNTY, CA - Sutter County sheriff's deputies are looking for a man who escaped from the Sutter County jail Saturday night.

Sheriff J. Paul Parker said Jeremy Grove, 20, escaped from the jail during a head count around nine p.m. Saturday night. Pieces of clothing were found on the razor wire fence that runs behind the jail.

Deputies are searching for Grove in the Yuba City area. He was in jail on a misdemeanor drug charge.

        ** UPDATE**
Sutter Co. Jail escapee recaptured, Sheriff says

February 1, 2011
By Bill Lindelof

A 20-year-old inmate who escaped from a minimum-security Sutter County lock-up last month is back in custody.

Jeremy Lee Grove, who was being held on a minor drug offense, escaped Jan. 22 from the Sutter County jail where inmates are housed in three large dormitory buildings surrounded by a fence with razor wire, according to the Sheriff's Department.

Grove apparently scaled the fence and threw his shirt over the razor wire before climbing out, a news release states.

Yuba City police officers arrested Grove on Saturday. He was returned to Sutter County where he was booked on a charge of suspicion of escape, authorities said. 

Jail Inmate Escapes In Western Md.; Believed Armed

January 24, 2011

OAKLAND, Md. (AP) — Authorities are looking for a man considered armed and dangerous who escaped from the Garrett County jail in Oakland.

The sheriff’s office says 29-year-old Deandre Kelly of Washington assaulted two correctional officers and forced them to open an exit door by producing what appeared to be a handgun shortly before 9 p.m. Sunday.

The agency says Kelly was being held on $100,000 bond since his arrest Saturday for alleged drug and firearm violations and lying to police.

The sheriff’s office says Kelly apparently has left the area.

The FBI is assisting local and state authorities in the investigation.

       ** UPDATE **
Police continue search for Garrett Jail escapee

OAKLAND — While there have apparently been no sightings of Garrett County Jail escapee Deandre Kelly since his escape Sunday night, some information is being provided to law enforcement by the public, the Western Troop state police commander has said.

Shortly before 9 p.m. Sunday, Kelly, a black man who is said to be 6 feet tall and weighing up to 250 pounds, allegedly assaulted two jail officers and displayed what was possibly a handgun at that time. He allegedly forced the officers to release a door that allowed him to exit the lockup at 311 E. Alder St. according to the sheriff’s office.

What happened after Kelly made good his escape is apparently unknown, or is not being disclosed in the face of region-wide efforts by state, federal and local police to find the man who police said should be considered armed and dangerous.

Direction and means of travel at the time of the escape as the outside temperature hovered in the single digits has not been made known — if investigators have determined those circumstances. Clothing that Kelly was wearing when he entered the bone-chilling outdoors has not been made known.

“This is a very multiagency, multijurisdictional effort to locate this fugitive. We are working diligently to locate him,” said Sheriff Rob Corley. He said a reward of $6,000 being offered in the case is the result of the joint investigation that includes federal, state and local law enforcement in various jurisdictions.

Maj. Mike Bittinger of the sheriff’s office said the escape is being investigated by the sheriff’s office and that no administrative action has been taken against the assaulted officers, who apparently were not injured.

The sheriff’s office provided the first news about the escape in a faxed news release to the Times-News at 4:18 a.m. Monday, less than eight hours after the escape occurred. A photo of Kelly was provided to the Times-News about five hours later and a $6,000 reward in the case was announced later in the day in the increasing efforts to take Kelly off the street.

Following the escape, the sheriff’s office reported Kelly is believed to be out of the area. However, checks of locations in Cumberland by Cumberland Police on Monday were made at the request of the sheriff’s office.

Kelly’s first encounter with Garrett County law enforcement over the weekend occurred at about 5 p.m. Saturday following  a single-vehicle accident at Friendsville.

After crashing his vehicle, Kelly drove away from troopers but was arrested a short time later following a seven-mile pursuit. His vehicle was impounded and a loaded handgun was seized at the time of the arrest

Kelly was treated at Garrett Memorial Hospital for minor injuries stemming from the crash. Upon his release from the hospital, he was taken to the McHenry barrack for arrest processing by state police on numerous drug, weapon, assault and traffic charges.

At about 1 p.m. Sunday, Kelly was escorted by troopers to the Garrett County Jail, where he was held on $100,000 bond before he escaped about eight hours later.

Among the resources involved in the investigation are the Maryland State Police Fugitive Unit including the Western Maryland Unit, the Baltimore Unit and the Prince George’s County Unit; the MSP Special Apprehension Unit; the MSP Tech Surveillance Unit; the MSP Intelligence Division; Cumberland and McHenry barracks; the C3I Unit and the C3I Narcotics Unit; MSP K-9 Unit on standby; as well as the Frederick County and Garrett County narcotics units.

Capt. James Pyles, Maryland State Police Western Troop commander, said Tuesday afternoon that some information is being received from the public.

“We want to thank the citizens of Garrett and Allegany counties for providing information. Hopefully this will lead to a successful arrest,” said Pyles.

Anyone with information on Kelly’s whereabouts is asked to call the Garrett County Sheriff’s Office at 301-334-1911 or C3I at 301-777-0326.

      ** UPDATE **

February 4, 2011

Garrett County authorities are charging five people with conspiracy in the escape of a jail inmate.

The sheriff's office said Thursday that two people from Alexandria, Virginia; two from College Park, Maryland; and a Cumberland man have each been charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree burglary, conspiracy to commit first-degree assault and being an accessory after the fact.

This brings to seven the number of alleged conspirators in the January 23 escape of 29-year-old Deandre Kelly of Washington. He remains at large.

State police had arrested Kelly a day earlier on drug, weapon and traffic charges.

Authorities say Kelly showed two guards what appeared to be handgun, forced them to open a holding cell and assaulted them.

Inmate escapes after alcohol-abuse class

January 25, 2011

IRVINE – An inmate escaped from county jail Monday night, officials said, disappearing after he attended an alcohol-abuse class.

Orange County Sheriff's officials said the inmate was spotted getting into a red car in the city of Irvine, in what officials described as a pre-planned break from the low-security jail.

The inmate was identified as Francisco V. Santayo, a 22-year-old landscaper from the Los Angeles area, said Jim Amormino, spokesman for the sheriff's department.

Santayo was arrested on suspicion of burglary and grand theft, he said. Santayo has a criminal history of property crimes, but has no violent crimes in his record.

"The community is not in danger," Amormino said. "He's a non-violent inmate."

According to sheriff records, Santayo was taken into custody on Dec. 30. On Jan. 7, he was taken to Musick Jail in Irvine, a low-security county jail intended for non-violent offenders.

Court records show Santayo has been charged with two felony counts of grand theft and second-degree burglary, to which he pleaded not guilty. He was scheduled to appear in court Tuesday for a pre-trial hearing, but he escaped before his court date.

He also had an immigration hold on his detention.

At about 8 p.m., Santayo and 13 other inmates were taken to a Spanish-language alcohol-abuse class in the facility. About an hour later, the jail break was discovered when only 13 inmates returned.

Deputies locked down the jail, but were unable to locate Santayo, Amormino said.

A security guard on Irvine Boulevard spotted a man in an orange jumpsuit getting into a red car and Irvine Police was notified, Amormino said. When officers arrived, the car had already fled the area.

"It was probably pre-arranged," Amormino said.

Non-violent and minor offense inmates are usually held at Musick jail, Amormino said. The jail has experienced escapes in the past, but it has been rare, he said.

"(The sentence for) escape is sometimes worse than what they're in for," he said.


Sheriff: Inmate escapes by leaping from patrol car

January 26, 2011

ATHENS, Ala. (AP) — Authorities are searching for a Limestone County Jail inmate accused of leaping from a moving patrol car.

Sheriff Mike Blakely says the inmate, 26-year-old Jose Fernandes, was last seen wearing a black-and-white-striped jumpsuit and a pair of bright orange handcuffs.

Blakely says a reserve deputy was transporting the inmate back to jail after a court appearance Tuesday afternoon when he managed to open the rear door of the moving patrol car and jump onto the street. Authorities say he then jumped into another car with a couple and their two children, and forced them to drive him across town.

Fernandes was being held on a $25,000 cash bond on a drug charge.

Inmate found hiding in mobile home

January 29, 2011
Holly Hollman

ATHENS — An inmate’s two-day hiatus from jail ended Thursday night when a special response team invaded his hideout.

The team entered a mobile home on Grubbs Road west of Athens at 9:52 p.m. and took the escapee into custody without incident.

Sheriff Mike Blakely said media coverage of the inmate’s escape led to the public providing authorities with information to find Jose Fernandes, also known as Jose Manuel Hernandez, 26, of Athens.

Fernandes, handcuffed and in jail attire, jumped from the back seat of a moving patrol car after tampering with the lock on Tuesday afternoon, Blakely said. He hid in a residential and business area on North Jefferson Street until he found a family at a Hispanic grocery store in that area. Blakely said he jumped in their car and threatened to harm them if they did not drive him to Elkmont.

Police arrested an Elkmont couple who told authorities they used a torch to cut the links on his orange handcuffs, gave him a change of clothes and drove him to a Hispanic restaurant/grocery store on Jordan Lane in Huntsville.

“Investigators developed information (Thursday) following intense interviews with members of the Hispanic communities in Madison and Limestone counties,” Blakely said.

A witness told investigators about seeing Fernandes enter a mobile home on Grubbs Road off Blackburn Road, Blakely said. The special response team surrounded the mobile home and found Fernandes hiding inside, alone, the sheriff said. He did not resist arrest. Authorities added a charge of second-degree escape.

Athens police said they arrested Fernandes a week ago for second-degree manufacturing a controlled substance after a traffic stop. On Tuesday morning, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement placed a hold on Fernandes, who is in the country illegally. Blakely said he escaped after a court appearance on the ride back to jail Tuesday afternoon, possibly to avoid another deportation.

Decatur police Lt. Jonathan Green said officers there arrested Fernandes in June for driving under the influence, and immigration officials deported him. He returned at some point to this area, where he has family.

Authorities are working on a timeline of Fernandes’ whereabouts since his escape and investigating whether others helped him. He did not have the orange handcuffs on his wrists at the time of his arrest, which indicates someone cut those off, authorities said. The Elkmont couple cut only the links between the cuffs, Blakely said.

Authorities have charged the couple, Claudia Patricia Arispe, 30, and Efrian Salgado, 22, both of 16452 Fort Hampton Road, Elkmont, with facilitating escape.

Jail escapees nabbed quickly

OPD detains trio after 3 hour escape in Texas

A man accused of murder and two others accused of aggravated robbery escaped from Jail at about 8 p.m. Saturday, Ector County Sheriff's Sgt. Gary Duesler said in a news release Sunday.

The three men were  re-captured later that night, the release said.

Sheriff Mark Donaldson said the ECSO was made aware of the escape more than two hours after the escape when the Odessa Police Department detained 34-year-old Russell Graham Rice and 38-year-old Robert Steven Dudley around 10:45 p.m. in the 2200 block of South County Road West. Donaldson said OPD was called by a witness who saw two men in jail uniforms attempting to break in to a vehicle. OPD then informed the ECSO they had two escaped inmates in its custody. Both men were in jail for aggravated robbery charges.

The third escapee 32-year-old Rickey Lavell Taylor was in jail on a bench warrant for murder in the February 2009 shooting death of Johnny Lee Mackey. Donaldson said Taylor was captured at about 12:15 a.m. Sunday in the 1300 block of East Seventh Street, which is about 3.5 miles northeast of the Ector County Detention Center. Donaldson said Taylor was tracked down and arrested through an investigation.

The three men escaped, Donaldson said, when they went through a pipe chase, broke through the ceiling and got on top of the roof. The men then got off the roof and fled on foot.

“I don’t want to go through a detailed description of how they escaped because our inmates read this too,” Donaldson said.

Donaldson said the ECSO considered the men a threat but did not have a way to notify the public through media outlets due to the late hour the information was collected. Other area law enforcement agencies were notified and the investigation to locate Taylor continued until he was caught.

All three have been charged with escape while confined, a third-degree felony. Justice of the Peace Woody Kupper set bonds at $20,000 for each on the charge. 


In the past year, two other inmates have also briefly escaped confinement. Both were working inmates, or "trustees," originally charged with nonviolent misdemeanors who escaped while out doing work on county properties.

>> Ignacio Guerrero Jr. escaped while working at the Ector County Annex building December 2010. He was caught in the same area about two hours later.

>> James Delbeert Cunningham Jr. escaped while working at the Ector County Coliseum. He was arrested across town at his mother's home about an hour later.

Police Search For Escaped Simpson County Inmate

  One captured....One still on the loose

Janaury 30, 2011

SIMPSON COUNTY, Miss. -- Two inmates broke out of the Simpson County jail Sunday afternoon. One is still on the loose.

Police are searching for Vernon Ray Sullivan Jr. He's described as being 6 feet 4 inches tall and 240 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black T-shirt and dark-colored shorts, police said.

He was in jail for grand larceny.

Several people were in the facility visiting loved ones when the jail break occurred. One woman recounted what she witnessed.

"The two guys jumped the deputy. They also hit my son. They beat the deputy up, got his Taser gun and they took off running," said Ann Barnes. "And then the next thing we knew the doors are opened and these two guys in orange jumpsuits were there in the room with us and the one fellow with the Taser gun, he looked like he wasn't afraid to shoot anybody."

Barnes said the deputy who was attacked is in the hospital.

Authorities are still scouring the Mendenhall area for the one inmate who's still on the loose. Anyone seeing him is asked to call 911 or the Simpson County Dispatch at 601-847-2921.

       ** UPDATE **

Escaped Inmate Captured Watching Movie

February 8, 2011

EATON, Ohio -- Deputies in Preble County said they arrested an escaped prisoner from Mississippi after locating him watching a movie at the Petro Truck Stop on U.S. Route 40 near Interstate 70.

On Friday night, deputies were contacted by the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations requesting help in apprehending 23-year-old Vernon Sullivan. They said they believed that Sullivan was at the truck stop after tracing cell phone activity.

Sullivan was one of two inmates who escaped from the Simpson County Jail earlier in the week after assaulting corrections officers and taking keys and a Taser gun, Authorities said. Investigators in Mississippi said Sullivan is also accused of committing an armed robbery after his escape, stealing a truck and an ATM card from the truck's owner.

The stolen truck was found in Knoxville, Tenn. Authorities warned that Sullivan may have been armed and dangerous.

Plainclothes deputies went to the truck stop and set up surveillance. They said a man matching Sullivan's description was found in the movie theater at the truck stop and taken into custody.

Sullivan is being held in the Preble County Jail awaiting extradition back to Mississippi. According to deputies in Simpson County, Sullivan has an extensive criminal history and is currently on parole. 

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Inmate escapes from Marion County Jail

February 3, 2011

Authorities are looking for an escaped inmate from the Marion County Jail.

Sheriff Jimmy Shinn says 22-year-old Grant Baker escaped through a door left unlocked by a maintenance worker around 1 a.m. Thursday, then got to the roof.

It's believed he went to a nearby gas station and conned someone into giving him a ride south towards Hannibal.

Shinn doesn't believe this person was involved in the escape.

Baker is described as a white man, 5'7", 140 lbs, with short black hair.

His last known address was in Hannibal, but has ties in Quincy.

He was being held on a parole warrant for possession of a stolen vehicle.

If you have any information on his whereabouts, contact the Marion County Sheriff's Department at (573)769-2077.

Authorities are looking for an escaped inmate from the Marion County Jail.

Sheriff Jimmy Shinn says 22-year-old Grant Baker escaped through a door left unlocked by a maintenance worker around 1 a.m. Thursday, then got to the roof.

It's believed he went to a nearby gas station and conned someone into giving him a ride south towards Hannibal.

Shinn doesn't believe this person was involved in the escape.

Baker is described as a white man, 5'7", 140 lbs, with short black hair.

His last known address was in Hannibal, but has ties in Quincy.

He was being held on a parole warrant for possession of a stolen vehicle.

         ** UPDATE **

Inmate captured after escaping from Marion County Jail

February 3, 2011

MARION CO, Mo. (WGEM) -- Authorities say an inmate that escaped from the Marion Co. jail is back behind bars.

Sheriff Jimmy Shinn says 22-year-old Grant Baker escaped through a door left unlocked by a maintenance worker around 1 a.m. Thursday, then got to the roof.

Officers received a tip from the public that led them to a home in the 2900 block of Starlight Ridge in Hannibal.

Early Friday morning, investigators then went to a home in New London where Baker was arrested.

Baker was being held on a parole warrant for possession of a stolen vehicle.

He now faces additional charges. 


Man captured after Jail escape attempt

February 3, 2011
Michael Thomason

The Monroe County Advocate

MADISONVILLE - A Sweetwater man who was allegedly assaulted by his wife in Madisonville Friday, then later arrested himself on outstanding warrants for violation and failure to appear, tried to make his escape from jail Friday.

It started on Jan. 27 when Stewart Felder called authorities and said he was at Old Saybrook Apartments on Isbill Road and his wife Jennifer assaulting him.

Madisonville Police Sgt. Adam Russell responded to the scene and found Felder with scratch marks on him. Felder said his wife had struck him with a car door, then struck him several times with her open hand.

Jennifer Felder, 23, County Road 316, Sweetwater, was later picked up and charged with domestic assault.

While investigating the incident, Russell learned Stewart Felder was wanted on his own charges and placed him under arrest.

A night in jail apparently didn't agree with Stewart Felder and on Friday, as he was being taken from one part of the jail to another, he allegedly attacked Corrections Officer Steve Miller and tried to make his getaway.

Detective Jennifer Bledsoe, who witnessed the attempted escape, said Felder hit Miller three times before he was subdued and placed into shackles.

Stewart Felder, 25, Randolph Fridley Road, Sweetwater, is charged with attempted escape and assault.

Man who escaped Jail sought in northeast Missouri

February 3, 2011
The Associated Press

PALMYRA, Mo. (AP) -- Authorities are searching for a northeast Missouri Jail inmate who climbed through a vent and jumped off the jail roof into a snow drift to escape.
The Hannibal Courier-Post reports that 22-year-old Grant Allen Baker of Hannibal was accounted for at 11 p.m. Wednesday inside the Marion County Jail in Palmyra, but was discovered missing at 3 a.m. Thursday.
Sheriff Jimmy Shinn says Baker got into a boiler room where he removed vents and got onto the roof. From there, he jumped 15 feet into a snow drift, got into a red Jeep Cherokee with a woman and two children and headed south on U.S. 61.
Baker was being held on parole violations.

Kendall inmate’s escape attempt ends in ceiling

YORKVILLE — After just four days in the Kendall County Jail, police say Ryan Cleary was looking for a way out. He got as far as the ceiling.

According to the Kendall County sheriff’s office, Cleary, 20, of the 200 block of Summerwind Lane, Montgomery, was arrested Feb. 3 and charged with aggravated battery to a police officer and aggravated resisting a police officer. Clearly fought with officers who were trying to serve a warrant at his home, police said.

At 9:30 a.m. Monday, deputies found Cleary in a part of the jail’s suspended ceiling. Apparently, Cleary, who is listed in court records as 5-foot-11, 145 pounds, had gotten into the ceiling, then crawled about 25 feet and hid on top of the ventilation duct work, police said.

Kendall County Sheriff Cmdr. Sabrina Jennings, who runs the jail, said Cleary could not have escaped from the ceiling because the ventilation systems are built to thwart an escape through that route.

The sheriff’s office said attempted escape and criminal damage to state-supported property charges are pending against Cleary. In March, Cleary pleaded guilty to misdemeanor criminal damage to property and was sentenced to one year probation.

Jennings said there has been only one other serious escape attempt in the current jail since 1992. In January 1998, an inmate was caught chipping away at the window sill of his cell. The Earlville man accused in that incident was acquitted on two criminal charges because of lack of evidence.



Jail escapee faces another charge

February 8, 2011

MASSAC COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - One of two Massac County inmate who escaped from a jail over the weekend faces another charge.

Massac County State's Attorney Patrick Windhorst says Keith Craig faces an additional charge of escape.

Leslie Windhorst has not been charged yet because he was recently found unfit for trial on previous charges.

Both men escaped from the jail in Metropolis Friday night.- The sheriff says they used something to prevent a door from closing completely.

Windhorst was captured on Saturday.  Craig turned himself in on Sunday.

A jury convicted Craig of attempted first degree murder for stabbing two people at the Hog Rock motorcycle rally last summer.

Conviction upheld of inmate who escaped from Jail

February 11, 2011

A state appeals court has upheld the conviction of an inmate sentenced to 1.5 to three years in prison for escaping from the Cayuga County Jail while working in a garden located outside the facility’s walls.

Judges with the state’s Appellate Division Fourth Department in Rochester ruled Thursday that Troy E. Swan did indeed escape from jail when he walked away from a work detail assigned to work in a garden just outside the walls in 2006.

Swan had argued that he did not escape from the jail because he was already outside the facility’s walls.

The judges noted that the garden is located on county property used exclusively by the jail and that the work detail was supervised by guards.

The decision upholds a guilty verdict rendered by Cayuga County Judge Mark Fandrich in May 2009.

Fandrich sentenced Swan to 1.5 to three years in prison after the trial.

According to the state Department of Correctional Services, Swan’s prison sentence expired in May 2010.

Swan originally pleaded guilty to second-degree felony escape in 2007 and later appealed the conviction stating he did not escape since he was already outside.

The Appellate Division upheld that conviction, but the Cayuga County District Attorney’s Office allowed Swan to withdraw his guilty plea and proceed to trial after the judges said Swan could appeal their decision.

Inmate, Accomplice Nabbed in Escape Attempt

February 14, 2011

Lauderdale County, Miss.

A Jail inmate was charged over the weekend with attempting an escape.  An accomplice was charged with aiding the escape attempt.

Lauderdale County authorities say they've charged 29-year-old Billy Wansley with felony escape. Vivian Tingle, 41, is charged with aiding the escape, also a felony.

The incident happened Friday evening at the Hilltop Detention Facility on Highway 39.

Authorities say a Meridian police officer saw Wansley run from the facility and jump in a car with Tingle.

"We're fortunate that this officer was observant and noticed something that didn't look right and took the initiative to make that traffic stop," said Chief Deputy Ward Calhoun. "And Mr. Wansley was taken into custody without incident."

Tingle is out of jail on $5,000 bond. There is no bond for Wansley, since he was already serving time.


Inmate Caught After Brief Escape

Convicted Murderer Slips Leg Irons On Way To Court

February 18, 2011

MONTEREY, Calif. -- A Monterey County jail inmate briefly escaped on the way to court Friday morning before being captured by authorities. 

Mike Martinez, 22, slipped out of his leg irons at about 7:30 a.m. and bolted toward Gabilan Street as he was walking in the sallyport of the court holding area, authorities said. 

He was still in his belly chain restraints, and authorities said they did not yet know how he was able to slip his foot out of the leg irons. 

Deputies caught him near Roosevelt Elementary School after a brief foot chase.  

Martinez suffered scrapes to portions of his arms, legs and body.  

Martinez, who was on his way to court to face a drug charge, pleaded guilty last month to the 2008 murder of Andres Alcala Jr., a Monterey Bay Aquarium employee.  

The last attempted escape from the courthouse complex occurred in September 2010, when an inmate somehow got a hold of a handcuff key and managed to have civilian clothes on under his jail jumpsuit. That attempt was thwarted as well.





Bartow Co. inmate captured on Jailhouse roof after attempted escape

February 18, 2011 - Rome, Georgia

An inmate at the Bartow County Jail faces additional charges after being apprehended on the rooftop of the jail in an attempted escape, reports stated.

According to Bartow County Sheriff Clark Millsap:

Brian Troy Aberle was spotted by contractors on the roof of the jail on Thursday February 17, 2011 at approximately 11:00 a.m. Deputies responded to the roof where Aberle was arrested without further incident. Aberle escaped to the roof during recreation time with other inmates.

Aberle was charged with Criminal Damage to Government Property for cutting his jail issued uniform on the protective wire on the roof and Escape.

  Inmate Sentenced to 10 
for Prison Escape

February 18, 2011
Kansas Public Radio

A 39-year-old inmate has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for a 2009 escape from the Hutchinson Correctional Facility. The Hutchinson News reported that Steve Genton of Olathe was sentenced yesterday (THUR). He pleaded guilty in October to a single count of aggravated escape from custody, stemming from the Sept. 12, 2009, escape. He was captured two days later in Hutchinson. Genton had been serving time for two counts of rape of a child under the age of 14, one count of rape and two counts of furnishing alcohol to a minor. Authorities said Genton escaped the jail by using a ladder to climb over the razor wire-topped fence.

Richardson County Inmate Escapes Jail Cell

February 21, 2011
KETV7 Omaha 

FALLS CITY, Neb. -- Richardson County authorities said a man already facing an escape charge has escaped again.

Michael Thompson got loose around 2:30 a.m. Sunday from his county cell in Falls City.

Authorities said Thompson squeezed between bars that were loose because of a broken steel plate. Sheriff Randy Houser described Thompson as very skinny.

Thompson surprised a jailer who had gone to Thompson's cell to tell him to lower the sound from a television. Thompson handcuffed the jailer to a cell bar, but she was not injured.

County authorities said Thompson escaped from a Falls City doctor's office when he taken there for treatment in January. He originally was arrested by Falls City police on an Arkansas warrant.

A jail spokesman said Monday that Thompson has not been recaptured.

Oktibbeha County Inmate Escapes

February 20, 2011

STARKVILLE, Miss. (WCBI) - Oktibbeha County deputies are searching for an escaped inmate.

Ceforrest Hendrick, 31, was discovered missing about 3 o' clock Saturday afternoon.

The African-American man stands about 5' 10", weighing about 200 pounds.

Investigators are tracking phone calls they believe the Starkville man has recently made.

According to scanner reports, Hendrick was last seen in Lowndes County.

Oktibbeha County Sheriff Dolph Bryan says the fugitive was in jail for writing a bad check.

If you have any information on Hendrick's whereabouts you're asked to contact Golden Triangle Crimestoppers or you local law enforcement.

Inmate captured after escape

February 15, 2011
The Middlesboro Daily News

TAZEWELL, Tenn. — A Claiborne County inmate had a brief taste of freedom on Sunday night, but was captured a few hours after his escape.

Claiborne County Sheriff David Ray announced at approximately 2 a.m. on Monday, February 14, that Dean Kinningham, 47, of Sneedville, had been captured after he escaped from the Claiborne County Jail.

Captain John Collins of the Claiborne County Sheriff’s Office has launched an internal investigation into the escape after Kinningham walked out of the Claiborne County Jail around 9:11 p.m. on Sunday night.

Kinningham was booked into the jail on December 21, 2010, after he robbed Value RX Pharmacy in Tazewell at gunpoint. He was arrested after he wrecked his vehicle and fled from officers on the scene.

Within minutes of the report that Kinningham had escaped, more than 20 officers including on-duty and off-duty officers with the Claiborne County Sheriff’s Office, Tazewell Police Department and the New Tazewell Police Department created a perimeter of the area where Kinningham was believed to be hiding.

After walking the area for several minutes, Sheriff David Ray contacted Sheriff J.J. Jones of the Knoxville Sheriff’s Office and requested two K-9 officers and an aviation unit to assist in the search.

K-9 Units Rex Armstrong and John Huff arrived with their search dogs and walked the area where Kinningham had last been seen. A short time later, Sgt. Kirk Mack and Greg Morgan of the aviation unit arrived in a Knox County Sheriff’s Office helicopter, equipped with the latest technology in thermal imaging to assist in locating the suspect.

The helicopter circled the area several times and, using thermal imagery, they were able to key in on a central location where it was believed the suspect was hiding.

Several officers attacked the location and found Kinningham hiding underneath a rock. He was apprehended and escorted up the hill approximately 100 feet to the jail.

Charges against Kinningham are still pending due to the investigation.

Injured, Handcuffed Inmate Escapes In SUV

Handcuffed in the front with those pending charges??  Not on my watch!
                    Sergeant Sandvig 

Police Search For Escaped Inmate

February 22, 2011

SOUTH MIAMI, Fla. -- Police are searching for a jail inmate who stole an SUV and escaped after being transported to a South Miami hospital for an injury.

According to police, Elie Bensimon, 46, a Miami-Dade County Jail inmate, was transported to Larkin Community Hospital at about 4:45 p.m. Tuesday for a leg injury.

When he arrived at the hospital, Bensimon pushed a security guard out of the way, got into a silver Ford SUV, possibly an Explorer owned by the state, and drove away, according to police.

Investigators said Bensimon's hands were cuffed in front of him, which allowed him to grab the steering wheel.

Bensimon had been arrested on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, armed burglary of an occupied residence, petit theft and criminal mischief.

Police continue to search for Bensimon and the SUV.


Three Effingham County Jail inmates are back behind bars after a brazen escape in broad daylight. Authorities said this incident is just the latest reason they need a new jail.
Effingham County Sheriff's deputies tell News 3 it happened around 3:00 p.m. Thursday at the jail in Springfield.

Investigators said Jason Grantham, 24, Justin Lewis, 21, and Daniel Jeffers, 21, managed to make a hole in heavy gauge fencing and used it to make a run for freedom, but they didn't get far. Deputies outside the jail quickly realized what had happened.

"All of a sudden they observed three people that were supposed to be incarcerated going out the back gate," said Sheriff Jimmy McDuffie.

Surveillance video from the jail cameras shows the inmates working on the fence of the recreation yard. After about six minutes, you can see three of them climb through the hole, run along the wall, and out to the nearby woods.

"We immediately set up a perimeter around the block next to us here, asked for help from other agencies to help surround the area," said McDuffie.

Multiple agencies, including Georgia State Patrol, Rincon, Springfield, Guyton, and Port Wentworth, responded and managed to catch the three escapees in under an hour.

"They never got out of that block except when they ran across the road and we apprehended them," said McDuffie.

He said they got out partly because the jail is falling apart.

"It's 18 years-old. It was designed as a 10 year-old building. It has reached its tenure," said McDuffie.

He added that the fence has become brittle over the years, and some areas have rusted.

"These 3 guys, one of them was in there for armed robbery, possession of firearms, obstruction, drugs, and they were able to twist a fence and get out... To us that's a serious safety concern," he said.

The Sheriff said that is the reason they are working so hard on plans for a new facility with more security, so there are no more incidents like this.

"It's hurry up and wait with any project like that when you're doing government stuff but we are in the first stage," said McDuffie.

Officials said Grantham was in jail on charges of armed robbery, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, burglary, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, and criminal trespass.

Lewis was awaiting trial on two charges of possession of a controlled substance, officials said, and Jeffers was in custody for probation violation with an original charge of criminal attempt to commit armed robbery.

The three now face additional charges of felony escape, criminal damage to government property, and obstruction of a Law Enforcement Officer.

Effingham County voters have already approved funding the new jail project under ESPLOST.

The Sheriff said they are currently in the planning stages and hope to have a design put together in the next couple of months.

Hot Spring County Jail Escape

February 26, 2011
Rusty Mizell

HOT SPRING COUNTY – A pair of County Jail inmates escaped the facility late Saturday morning, but reports in to the Channel 7 Newsroom indicate one suspect has been recaptured.

Chief Deputy of the Hot Springs Sheriff's Office, Aaron Collier said the inmates apparently made their getaway by climbing over a razor fence surrounding the jail.  Before Noon sheriff's deputies and local and state lawmen were searching for the two men off of Highway 167 south of Malvern.

One of the escapees reportedly "ditched" his inmate jumpsuit, which was found later.   

Woman arrested in connection with inmate escape

I hope the Officer was not injured but she just added additional felony charges.....they just don't think.    
                                                                                     Sergeant Sandvig

February 27, 2011

MALVERN, AR – A woman was arrested in connection with Saturday’s inmate escape from the Hot Spring County Jail.

After her arrest, Nichole Walker Klich attacked a jailer. She is charged with 2nd degree hindering apprehension and 2nd assault. She is being held in the female facility in Sheridan.
Missing Cass County inmate captured

February 27, 2011
Bob Hallmark

CASS COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - An overnight search for a fugitive who fled from custody ends in his capture. The escape happened late yesterday morning outside Cass County Jail in Linden.

Police arrested 30 year old Justin Arnold, Thursday in Houston, on a warrant for failure to pay child support. Cass County Jail was his destination, but when authorities arrived, Arnold bolted from the law enforcement van fleeing into the nearby woods. Sheriffs organized a search even using dogs, yet there was no sign of Arnold.

The big surprise came around 1:30 A.M. Saturday when the man on the run finally turned up. After nine hours of freedom Arnold was caught by Linden Police , only a mile away from the sheriff's office. Officials are still trying to figure out how he kept from being found and why he ran from a charge with minimal punishment to now face felony escape charges.

Three Effingham inmates caught after escape

Sheriff highlights incident as increased need for new jail

February 25, 2011

Three inmates at the Effingham County jail had about an hour's worth of freedom before being caught after an escape.

About 3 p.m. Thursday, deputies saw the three men run out of the back gate at the jail complex and into a wooded area between First and Third streets in Springfield.

"Deputies, along with officials from several area law enforcement agencies, immediately set up a perimeter, and all three were apprehended within the hour," sheriff's spokesman David Ehsanipoor said.

The inmates who escaped were identified by sheriff's officials as Jason Grantham, 24, of Tybee Island, Daniel Jeffers, 21, of Bloomingdale, and Justin Lewis, 21, also of Bloomingdale.

Ehsanipoor said the three men escaped by prying open a chain-link fence while in the recreation yard of the jail.

"We've looked back at our surveillance video, and it took them less than six minutes to pry their way through the fence, run up the side of the sheriff's complex and out of the gate," Ehsanipoor said, adding sheriff's officials are investigating whether it was a spur-of-the-moment plan or one that had been long-hatched.

Grantham was in jail facing several charges, including armed robbery, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, burglary, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and criminal trespass. He was arrested Jan. 22 by Effingham deputies. He was denied bond and his case has been bound over to Superior Court.

Jeffers has been in jail since Jan. 12 on a probation violation with an original charge of criminal attempt to commit armed robbery.

Lewis was incarcerated Nov. 26 on two charges of possession of a controlled substance. His bond was set at $10,000 and had not been posted.

All three now face charges of felony escape, criminal damage to government property and obstruction. Sheriff's officials are investigating the incident.

The jail and sheriff's complex is at the corner of Ga. 21 South and Ga. 119 North in Springfield.

Effingham Hospital is less than a block away, as is the Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center. Both of those facilities were on lockdown during the incident.

Effingham sheriff's officials were assisted by troopers of the Georgia State Patrol, Guyton, Rincon and Springfield police and Port Wentworth police.

Thursday's escape was the third such incident from the Effingham facility.

The last escape at the jail was in October 2008 when Jackie Aelene Thorne of Sylvania escaped through the air-conditioning duct of his cell, gained access to the roof and jumped off the building. He was apprehended by U.S. marshals three months later in Florida.

Before that, another inmate escaped in 2005 but was found a short time later.

Ehsanipoor said there are 145 inmates being held at the jail, with capacity at about 148.

"Many of our own inmates are being housed in other facilities across the area, as far away as Jefferson County," Ehsanipoor said.

The jail and sheriff's complex was built in the early 1990s, and sheriff's officials have routinely complained of poor construction and rapidly deteriorating conditions at the facility.

"This is one of the many reasons why we have to have a new jail and sheriff's complex," Sheriff Jimmy McDuffie said. "These security issues and our overpopulation problems continue to be a plague on our law enforcement capabilities."

Effingham County voters in November approved the continuation of the penny sales tax, a portion of which is slated to fund such a new facility.

Jail work crew escapee found in Beaver Falls, PA. 

Inmate escapes from Santa Rita Jail in Dublin

Alameda County Sheriff's deputies are looking for a 21-year-old inmate who walked away from Santa Rita Jail on Tuesday.

Ismael Cesda, also known as Ismael Ramirez, is facing stolen vehicle and pursuit charges out of Fremont. The last time he was noticed was when he had returned from the Fremont courthouse about 6 p.m. Tuesday night. He then somehow made it to the area of the jail where inmates are released. Jail staff discovered that he was missing about 11 p.m. that night when they did a head count.

"We're doing our own internal investigation to see what happened. Escapes out of this jail are very rare and we are not sure if this is the physical make-up of the facility that allowed him to escape or was there human error that was involved," Alameda County Sheriff's Spokesperson Sgt. J.D. Nelson said.

ABC7 received a tour of the facility and doors were inspected to make sure they lock properly. There are seven doors between where Cesda first re-entered the jail and the area from which inmates are released, and each of the doors must be unlocked by a guard.

Cameras are everywhere -- well almost everywhere.

"There is videotape surveillance but unfortunately the release area is not part of that videotape area," Sgt. Nelson said.

An inmate, who was recently released from the jail, said you have to go through a minimum of five locked doors to be released.

"It's very difficult (to leave), you have to go through three doors where they press and unlock them for you. In order for you to get upstairs, they have to press two more of those (buttons) for you to even get out," said a recently released inmate.

"So this is not something where you can just walk out a door?" asked ABC7's Terry McSweeney.

"No, there are too many cameras and too many buttons to be pushed in order for you to get upstairs," said the inmate.

Cesda is about 5-feet 6-inches tall and 140 pounds. He was wearing a gray sweatsuit at the time.

Authorities think Mr. Cesda is on his way to Mexico, since he is from that country. He has relatives in the Bay Area. Anyone who may have seen Cesda please call 911 or their local law enforcement agency.

One inmate and one accomplice caught in attempted escape from Greene County Jail

Escaped Nebraska Prisoner Nabbed In Mississippi

Michael Thompson Squeezed Between Loose Cell Bars

March 3, 2011

FALLS CITY, Neb. -- Authorities said an inmate who squeezed between loose cell bars to escape the Falls City jail has been captured in Mississippi.

The Richardson County Sheriff's Department said the U.S. Marshals Service nabbed Michael Thompson on Sunday near Biloxi.

Thompson escaped on Feb. 20. He squeezed between bars that were loose because of a broken steel plate.

Thompson surprised a jailer who had gone to Thompson's cell to tell him to lower the sound from a television. Thompson handcuffed the jailer to a cell bar, but she was not injured.

Authorities said Thompson already faced an escape charge because he fled a Falls City doctor's office when he taken there for treatment in January. He originally was arrested by Falls City police on an Arkansas warrant.

Inmate Who Escaped From Dublin Jail Recaptured

March 4, 2011
CBS San Francisco

FREMONT (BCN) — An inmate who escaped from the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin was recaptured in Fremont Friday morning, according to a spokesman for the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department.

Sgt. J.D. Nelson said Ismael Cesda, 21, was found around 1:30 a.m. at a large apartment complex on Fremont Boulevard in Fremont.

Cesda tried to run away but didn’t get far and was arrested after a brief struggle, Nelson said.

Cesda escaped from the jail Tuesday night after he returned from the Fremont courthouse. Jail staff realized that he was missing at about 11 p.m. that night after a head count.

Nelson said the sheriff’s gang unit, with the help of the Fremont Police Department’s gang unit, had been “diligently pursuing” Cesda after he escaped.

He said investigators contacted all of Cesda’s known associates and found him through those associates.

During the course of their investigation, officers arrested seven of Cesda’s associates on unrelated charges, including for possession of narcotics and being under the influence of drugs or alcohol, Nelson said.

He said authorities don’t believe that Cesda is an active gang member but they believe some of his friends are involved in gangs.

The associates who were arrested in the course of the investigation “are known to the gang unit,” Nelson said.

Cesda, a Pleasanton resident, was arrested in Fremont on Saturday night on suspicion of possession of a stolen vehicle and evading police, Fremont police Detective Bill Veteran said.

Cesda and five other people, including three juveniles, led Fremont police on a car chase in a Toyota Highlander that had been reported stolen by Dublin Toyota, Veteran said.

The Highlander ran into a curb near Fremont Boulevard and Thornton Avenue, and all six suspects ran away from the scene, he said.

The police arrested all of them, and the three juveniles were released into the custody of adult family members. The three adults, including Cesda, were booked into the Fremont City Jail before being transferred to the Santa Rita Jail, Veteran said.

However, Nelson said no stolen vehicle charges were filed against Cesda and he was simply being held for an immigration violation.

Nelson said Cesda was able to escape by taking advantage of his classification as a minimum inmate and was part of a large group of inmates in the same category who were being supervised by fewer deputies than normal because of county budget cuts.

Nelson said that even though the sheriff’s office staffing is less than ideal, the escape “shouldn’t have happened” and a preliminary investigation indicates that Cesda got away due to human error.

He said it’s “unacceptable” and “embarrassing” that Cesda was able to walk away and the department is taking steps to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

Cesda told deputies that he left the jail because he didn’t want to get deported to Mexico, Nelson said.





Fayette inmate returns

A Fayette County jail inmate who failed to return after receiving a court-ordered funeral pass was arrested Saturday night and charged with alcohol intoxication and second-degree escape, according to the jail.

Jerry Bryant Jr., 33, was being held on charges of theft and a probation violation from Mason County.

Bryant was supposed to return to the Lexington jail Friday evening, but never returned, jail officials said.

Lexington police arrested Bryant about 11:25 p.m. Saturday after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Reader comment:


I hope that buzz was worth it.


Man Accused Of Escaping From Jail

March 7, 2011

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- The Kern County Sheriff's Department is still searching for a man who escaped from jail.

 Deputies said that on Feb. 15, an arrest warrant was issued for 49-year-old Alvin Blackwell.

The charges for the warrant include possession and transportation of a controlled substance and escaping from jail while being charged with a felony.

Blackwell is described as white, 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighing 250 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

His last known address is 1212 Union Avenue #42.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Kern County Sheriffs Office at 661-861-3110.

Jeanerette Inmate Escapes

March 7, 2011

Authorities are searching for a prisoner who escaped from the Jeanerette Jail in Louisiana Monday.  

A lieutenant with the department says Maquinnita Borel kicked out a window of the jail and escaped Monday afternoon. Borel was arrested Saturday and was being held for violation of protective order and unauthorized entry.


Sheriff investigating employees

March 7, 2011
Jon Vanderlaan

Sheriff Mark Donaldson said he suspects one of his own employees helped in the second successful escape of two inmates from the jail Saturday morning after deputies found a sharp, hacksaw-like tool was used to cut through bars.

A third inmate attempted to escape from the Ector County Detention Center early Sunday morning but was caught.

Donaldson said Eddie Licon Palma Jr., 311 E. 44th St., attempted to escape from the jail at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday when officers in the jail heard noises coming from one of the cells.

Donaldson said the community should not worry about future escapes because of the effort the office will put in to future efforts and maintenance that will be performed on the exposed weak spots in the jail.

“We obviously have some problems in the facility as far as ways they can get out,” he said. “We’re going to do a better job and we’re going to insure the public safety by keeping people in this facility.

“I’m going to promise as much as I can, this will never happen again.”

Donaldson said he does not yet have an estimate on damage done to the jail and deputies are working to figure out a maintenance solution to keep inmates in their cells.

The jail also enacted more frequent checks of cells in the maximum security pod after the Saturday morning escape, he said.

But only so much can be done with the number of staff at the jail, Donaldson said, and because of low pay and frequent turnover he has not been able to keep the jail at full staff.

Donaldson said Rickey Lavell Taylor, who is in jail on a bench warrant for murder in connection with the February 2009 shooting death of Johnny Lee Mackey, and Robert Steven Dudley, who is charged with aggravated robbery, were able to pry a metal panel off the shower wall to get into the pipe chase.

Deputies found a tool “like a hacksaw blade” that was reportedly used by the inmates to cut their way through the bars located behind the metal panel, Donaldson said.

“We’re trying to determine where the problem is,” he said. “In this case, we may have had someone that helped them get out.”

A criminal investigation into who may have helped the pair has been launched, Donaldson said.

Taylor was transferred to the Midland County Detention Center because he was “in fear of retaliation,” Sgt. Gary Duesler said in an e-mail.

After conducting a head count Sunday morning, it was determined Palma was missing and there was damage to the cell ceiling.

Palma was found between the ceiling and roof of the jail 90 minutes after the noises from the cell were heard. Palma was being held in the jail on an attempted capital murder of a peace officer charge after the shooting death of Jaime Morales on Jan. 10, 2010. He is accused of shooting at an officer who was in pursuit of a vehicle leaving the scene of the shooting. Palma was arrested March 10, 2010.

Unlike Dudley and Taylor, Palma attempted to escape by prying a piece of metal from an object in his cell and bashing through sheetrock and metal in the shower’s ceiling, Donaldson said. He was caught by deputies in one of the several layers between the ceiling and roof of the jail.

Adan Munoz Jr., the executive director of the Texas Commission on Jail Standards, said the jail has been classified as at-risk since the Jan. 29 escape because of jail log problems.

He said the regulation for checks on all inmates is one check every hour or less, and several times in the Ector County Detention Center logs it showed jailers were as much as 11 minutes late.

Because another escape and an attempted escape have happened since, Munoz said it doesn’t look good on the jail for trying to get out of that at-risk classification.

“It certainly would lend itself to seem he may have an internal problem,” Munoz said of Donaldson’s office.

Donaldson agreed and said he has already discussed the issue with an inspector from the commission who is at the jail.

“Like I said, that stuff didn’t get in here on its own,” Donaldson said of a hacksaw found at the jail.

The Texas Commission on Jail Standards is a regulatory agency with authority over all Texas jail. Munoz said there is no time frame on when the at-risk label may be removed from the jail as it is at the complete discretion of the commission.

Prisoner Escapes from Coffee County Jail

March 8, 2011

Coffee County authorities are currently searching for an escaped prisoner.

The inmate, identified as 23-year-old Lucas Gregorio, scaled several razor-wire fences this evening.

Authorities say he had been arrested for DUI but was being held for immigration.

The inmate is believed to be barefoot. A Covington County K9 unit is assisting in the search for him.

Gregorio is 5’4” and weighs 115 pounds. If you have any information on his whereabouts call the Coffee County Sheriff's Office at 334-894-5535.

Jail Work Crew Inmate Caught After Escape

Officials said the work crew's truck boss called in the incident and said the inmate had already changed his clothes. Witnesses said the inmate was last seen headed east across a wooded area.

Officers used bloodhounds to find the inmate.

WFTV was told that the inmate may have been in jail for grand theft. His name has not been released.

Courthouse escapee still at large

March 9, 2011

Missing one red shoe and clad with handcuffs, a man was able to plow through a locked door to avoid going back to jail Wednesday.

A 22-year-old Odessa man charged with possession of cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and evading arrest ran out of the Ector County Courthouse at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Ryan Drod Thompson, 2108 E. Ninth St., was at his arraignment on a misdemeanor marijuana charge from Jan. 30. He was told he had several warrants out for his arrest when he ran out of the security office, still in handcuffs, courthouse security said.

He exited through the west doors, which are locked at all times with magnets, meaning he needed to put an extreme amount of force into the door to make it open, security officials said. He even fell down when he first ran into the door, but opened it enough he was able to get out.

He was last seen running east on Fifth Street towards Texas Avenue, according to a news release. He left one of his shoes behind while doing so.

Thompson is described as a black male about 6 feet, 1 inch tall, 160 pounds, wearing dark blue baggy shorts, a black T-shirt and one red shoe. Thompson is also described as having tattoos on his right forearm.

Ector County Sheriff's Deputies, Odessa police, and Department of Public Safety troopers are looking for Thompson, the release stated.

Sgt. Gary Duesler also said a helicopter was in the air looking for him.

Sheriff Mark Donaldson said escapes from individual officers happen in all areas of law enforcement, and there’s no reason to relate recent escapes from the Ector County Detention Center to this situation.

“(People) can make comparisons all day long; that doesn’t make it right,” he said.

The office is constantly trying to make its security both in the jail and with individual officers better, Donaldson said, and the only way he can reassure the public is to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

He already has discussed some security issues with courthouse security officers, he said.

As of press time, the office had plenty of information coming in about Thompson, Donaldson said, but officers were not sure of his exact whereabouts.

The Ector County Sheriff's Office had three escape attempts last weekend, with two of the people successfully getting away from the Ector County Detention Center on Saturday. All were recaptured without incident.

Two of those, Rickey Lavell Taylor and Robert Steven Dudley, had escaped the jail in January, also, along with a third man, Russell Graham Rice. Taylor is accused of murder in the February 2009 shooting death of Johnny Lee Mackey. Rice and Dudley are accused of aggravated robbery.

After the escape of Taylor, Dudley and Rice, the Ector County Detention Center had been classified as ‘at risk’ in a risk-assessment report by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards.

The inspector of the TCJS who investigated the detention center recommended that a head count be done at each meal served and then at least one time additional per shift. The inspector also said in the report that they would check paperwork heavily to make sure head counts were “strictly adhered to.”

Capt. Gary Fields with the sheriff’s office advised several changes had been made since the escape, including all doors being checked at least once each hour and that “officers cannot leave the area until a supervisor relieves them.”

Eddie Licon Palma Jr. attempted an escape Sunday but was caught before he could get out. Palma is charged in connection with a January 2010 shooting that killed 18-year-old Jaime Morales and injured four others. He is also charged with attempted capital murder of a peace officer, accused of shooting at a deputy while he fled the scene of Morales' shooting.

In December the sheriff’s office also had to deal with a working inmate escape when 18-year-old Ignacio Guerrero Jr. ran away after working at the Ector County Administration Annex. Guerrero fled when it was time to leave at about 10:25 a.m. and was found later that day around 12:45 p.m. he was charged with violating his probation on a misdemeanor marijuana conviction.

Coffee County inmate captured after short escape

A Coffee County Jail inmate escaped from the facility late Tuesday, but his freedom was short-lived, as he was apprehended Wednesday morning near the jail.

Lucas Gregaorio, who was arrested by Enterprise Police Department officers Sunday for driving under the influence, scaled two fences and escaped while on a smoke break at about 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, Coffee County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Ronnie Whitworth said. 

     The jail’s exercise yard fence is more than 16 feet high and the impound fence is 13 feet high. Both fences are topped with razor wire.

     Earlier Tuesday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials issued an order to hold Gregario for deportation, the chief deputy said. 

     Gregario was captured in woods about a quarter-mile from the Jail Wednesday morning at about 7:45 a.m., according to Whitworth. 

     Gregario was being treated late Wednesday morning for injuries suffered during the escape. 

     He will be charged with second degree escape, a Class C Felony, Whitworth said. 

     The New Brockton Police Department, Dale County Sheriff’s Department, Covington County Sheriff’s Department K-9 unit and Ventress Facility K-9 unit from Clayton assisted in capturing the escapee.

Odessa prisoner recaptured

March 10, 2011
James Cannon

A 22-year-old prisoner was recaptured Thursday after he escaped from the Ector County Courthouse at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Ryan Drod Thompson, of Odessa, was caught at 6 p.m. Thursday on the 1500 block of South Grandview Avenue in Odessa.

Thompson was being arraigned on a misdemeanor marijuana charge from January when he bolted from the security office, after learning of several other outstanding warrants, an Ector County Sheriff's Office spokesperson said.

He also was wanted for possession of cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and evading arrest.

Thompson ran out of the east entrance and was last seen running on East Fifth Street toward Texas Street before being apprehended Thursday evening.

This is the third escape from Ector County Sheriff's Officers in the past week with two people successfully getting away and another being stopped before fleeing. Two of the weekend escapees, Robert Steven Dudley, 39, and Rickey Lavell Taylor, 32, also escaped in January along with a third man, Russell Graham Rice.

Inmate admits hiding handcuff key, using it to escape

March 10, 2011
Emily Babay

A D.C. inmate charged in a shootout with police admitted Thursday that he hid a handcuff key in a bandage, then assaulted an officer while escaping last March.

Terrence Moore Jr., 29, jumped from a prison van in the United Medical Center parking lot on March 11, 2010, when he arrived for treatment of a wrist injury. He threw a gate from a prisoner cage into a jail guard and ran away, court records say. Moore was apprehended later that night.

Moore pleaded guilty to escape and assault charges in federal court in D.C. His plea agreement says prosecutors and defense attorneys have agreed Moore should receive a 12-year prison sentence for both those charges and a separate PCP case.

His attorney couldn't be reached Thursday afternoon.

Moore was awaiting sentencing on the PCP charges and awaiting trial in the police shootout case at the time of the escape.

He was shot by police when he ran from narcotics officers into a locked home in Southeast Washington in 2009. They exchanged fire, and he was shot in the hand.

In jail, Moore obtained a handcuff key that he hid in the metal-splinted bandage on his hand, according to plea documents. The splint allowed the key to remain undetected even if Moore was strip-searched or was scanned with a metal wand.

The day he escaped, Moore used the key to unlock the shackles on his legs and left hand, the documents say. His right hand was already free because it was in a cast.

Moore pushed a cage gate into the guard who was letting him out of the van, then fled. Court records say Moore called Georgia Davis, a woman he met at the jail. Davis picked him up and took him to the home of one of his children. Someone in the area called police after learning that Moore was hiding in the car, and he was apprehended after a brief struggle.

An X-ray that night showed Moore had swallowed the handcuff key. But it has never been recovered and "its current location remains unknown," according to court documents.

Davis was charged with concealing Moore from arrest and was sentenced to probation.

A D.C. Superior Court jury in September convicted Moore on seven offenses related to the 2009 shootout. A mistrial was declared on six other charges, and another trial is scheduled for August.


Security Changes Planned After Escape Attempt

Timothy Hupp Caught Crawling In Jail Duct Work

 March 11, 2011

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Jail officials said they need to make security changes in Warren County after another inmate almost escaped.

Officials said they caught Timothy Hupp crawling around in the duct work at the jail. They think he was trying to chip his way to freedom.

In October, two inmates managed to do just that, using a piece of metal pipe broken off a urinal. Both of those men are now in custody.

The sheriff said he isn't sure yet exactly which security changes are necessary, but he is looking into it.

Conviction upheld of inmate who escaped from Jail

March 11, 2011

A state appeals court has upheld the conviction of an inmate sentenced to 1.5 to three years in prison for escaping from the Cayuga County Jail while working in a garden located outside the facility’s walls.

Judges with the state’s Appellate Division Fourth Department in Rochester ruled Thursday that Troy E. Swan did indeed escape from jail when he walked away from a work detail assigned to work in a garden just outside the walls in 2006.

Swan had argued that he did not escape from the jail because he was already outside the facility’s walls.

The judges noted that the garden is located on county property used exclusively by the jail and that the work detail was supervised by guards.

The decision upholds a guilty verdict rendered by Cayuga County Judge Mark Fandrich in May 2009.

Fandrich sentenced Swan to 1.5 to three years in prison after the trial.

According to the state Department of Correctional Services, Swan’s prison sentence expired in May 2010.

Swan originally pleaded guilty to second-degree felony escape in 2007 and later appealed the conviction stating he did not escape since he was already outside.

The Appellate Division upheld that conviction, but the Cayuga County District Attorney’s Office allowed Swan to withdraw his guilty plea and proceed to trial after the judges said Swan could appeal their decision.

Third Ector inmate tries to escape

March 7, 2011

ECTOR COUNTY -- Ector County Detention Center staff had to deal with a third attempt by an inmate trying to escape over the weekend from the jail, authorities said Monday.

Eddie Licon Palma Jr., 20, is being held in Odessa on attempted capital murder charges.

Jail officials said they heard noises coming from his cell about 1:30 a.m. Sunday and conducted a head count of the inmates assigned there with him.

Authorities said Palma was missing and damage was found to the cell ceiling. Detention officers and patrol units set up a search perimeter and found Palma within 90 minutes. He was in between the ceiling and the roof of the jail.

He was charged with a state-jail felony of attempted escape, authorities said.

On Saturday, two other inmates managed to escape from the Ector County Detention Center.

Robert Steven Dudley, 38, and Rickey Lavell Taylor, 32, were found Saturday evening about 6 p.m. in Ector County at the Motel 6 at Interstate 20 and Highway 385.

Taylor was being held on murder charges; Dudley on aggravated robbery charges.

Sheriff Mark Donaldson said the two had escaped early Saturday morning by cutting a hole through a panel in their showers. They then managed to gain access to the roof.

Authorities believe it was likely Dudley and Taylor had someone waiting to pick them up.

Taylor has since been moved to the Midland County Detention Center after he told authorities that he had a "fear of retaliation."

Donaldson said Monday that he chose to separate Dudley and Taylor, and they now are housed in different detention centers.

Inmate Escapes from Detention Center

A man has escaped from a jail in the Suisun City area, just 6 months before he was scheduled to be paroled.

30-year-old Nathan Simpson was last seen Sunday night in his orange pants and shirt, with the wording "C.D.C.R. Prisoner" on the back. He is described as a white man, weighing about 150 pounds and standing about 6-feet tall. Simpson has brown hair and brown eyes.

He was committed to Delta Conservation Camp as a minimum-security inmate in May 2010 for a vehicle theft charge. He is scheduled for parole in September.

Delta Conservation Camp is a couple miles east of Travis Air Force Base and about ten miles southeast of Vacaville, between State Highway 12 and 113.

If anyone sees Simpson, please call 911 or your local law enforcement.

Convicted Felon Escapes From Haywood County Jail

Haywood County Deputies are searching for a convicted felon Monday after the he ran out the front door of the county jail annex Sunday night.

Sheriff Bob Suttles says Frank Lee Evans Jr. escaped from custody while waiting on a transfer to the main jail at about 8 p.m. Sunday.

Evans was convicted for breaking and entering, larceny and possession of stolen property last week.

He was being transferred after a Jail Officer found him trying to punch a hole through the ceiling of the annex.

Evans also faces charges of possession of a firearm by a felon and drug charges.

The Sheriff says Evans is a white man, 5’3”, 135 lbs, with brown hair and hazel eyes.

Anyone with information on Evans’ location is asked to call the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office at 452-6788.

Suttles says the Detention Officer involved is not facing disciplinary action.

Trash Run Turns Into Bibb Jail Escape

March 16, 2011

The Bibb County Sheriff's Office says it is looking for an inmate who walked off from the jail Tuesday after taking out the trash.

They say 30-year-old Willie Lee Hudson was on a jail work detail cleaning offices at the Bibb County Law Enforcement Complex.

Sometime after 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, a news release says, he took trash out to the dumpster and kept on walking.

They say he's a black man, 6-foot-1 and 350 pounds, with a bald head, mustache and beard. He was last seen wearing a white jump suit with a dark blue stripe running down each side.

He was in jail charged with a probation violation and cocaine possession.

Anyone with information on the case can call the sheriff's office at (478) 746-9441.


Investigators: Beaumont inmate used smuggled cell phone in escape

March 17, 2011

HOUSTON—A Nebraska woman has been charged with helping a Beaumont prison escapee elude authorities until his arrest at her home in Omaha.

David Puckett, 27, was caught Monday at Mattice Mayo’s apartment. She’s charged with hindering apprehension.

Investigators believe Puckett had access to a banned cell phone to help him escape last Wednesday from the Stiles Unit in Beaumont.

The head of the Texas prison system, Brad Livingston, on Tuesday asked for a demonstration at the Stiles Unit of technology designed to block or manage cell phones.

Puckett was serving 30 years for aggravated assault of a police officer when he escaped. He’d been in prison since 2002.

After his escape Wednesday, Puckett fled to Houston, where he was spotted at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital in the Texas Medical Center.

Witnesses said Puckett had bleeding injuries – likely from the prison fence – but fled the emergency room when he spotted security.

His image was captured by surveillance cameras before he left.

Two days later, on March 12, authorities said they found Puckett’s getaway vehicle – a stolen pickup truck – parked near the Med Center.

That same day, a nurse at the Baylor Clinic thought she spotted Puckett and called police.

SWAT teams swarmed the Med Center, and several hospitals were put on lockdown, but Puckett was nowhere to be found.

When authorities finally located him in Omaha on March 14, they said he didn’t go quietly.

In an attempt to flee, Puckett jumped from a second-story window and had to be Tased after a struggle with officers.

Douglas County, Neb., jail records Wednesday showed Puckett and Mayo were held without bond. Electronic jail records did not list attorneys for them.


MOULTRIE — Four people were chargedTuesday after it was found they allegedly tried to escape from the Colquitt County Jail Saturday night.

Alicia Cox Sheffield, 21, of 243 Newsome Road, Cari Denise Welch, 29, of 149 Joey Norman Lane, Glenn Leonard Lashley, 40, of 812 Doc Darbyshire Road, Lot 9, in Norman Park, and William Lee Poole, 28, of 338-A Tommy Meredith Road, were each charged with interfering with government property and escape.

Colquitt County Sheriff’s Investigator Sgt. Mike Murfin said all four allegedly got into the ceiling at the jail about 8 p.m. Saturday. They entered through a hatch and crossed over the pods separating males and females.

While in the ceiling, Murfin said they allegedly damaged ventilation ducts in an attempt to escape from the jail. It was believed they were all trying to escape at the time, and the alleged incident took place while they were not in their assigned areas.

A jail officer spotted a hand through the opened hatch, and Murfin said a head count was immediately conducted. When the head count was completed, however, every inmate, including Sheffield, Welch, Lashley and Poole were accounted for.

Maintenance crews came to the jail and repaired the damaged ventilation ducts and better secured the latch, Murfin said. An inmate reported having information about who was in the ceiling, and an investigation led to the arrests of Sheffield, Welch, Lashley and Poole. None of the four were able to leave the jail complex, however.

Burglary Suspect Arrested After Jail Escape

Man fled out back door

March 17, 2011

WEST UNION, Ohio -- Adams County authorities found an escaped inmate Thursday night.

The Adams County Sheriff's office said John Mace escaped from a rear door in the kitchen area of the jail at about 10 p.m. Wednesday.

Deputies searched for Mace, who was in custody on several charges, including burglary, but did not find him.

Mace was scheduled for a court hearing on Thursday.

Investigators said they had tracked him down by Thursday night, but did not say where he'd been found.

Inmate escapes through Jail's ceiling
He got out of Jail by climbing through the ceiling in an escape that's caught on tape.
March 18, 2011
Kristen Kennedy

Dustin Williams was a free man for about 14 hours before authorities in Laurel County caught him. Laurel County Jailer Jamie Mosley says Thursday afternoon 19-year-old Dustin Williams climbed up through a ceiling tile, crawled above the visitor room and dropped down into a closet.

"He simply unlocks the door," says Jailer Mosley, "and exits through this unsecured door which is no longer unsecured.

That locked door just one of a few changes Jailer Mosley is putting in place because of the escape. Visitors now have to go to the new building, even if the inmate they're visiting is in the old jail. Jailer Mosley also wants inmates in the older facility to start wearing orange jumpsuits instead of clothes of their choice. When Williams walked out, he was wearing jeans and a polo shirt. Deputies searched more than 12 hours for him, and picked him up Friday morning around 4 a.m.

"When you handle 350 inmates there's always a percentage and an opportunity there that there could be an escape," says Jailer Mosley.

Inmate escapes, still at large

WENATCHEE, Washington — An inmate classified to work as part of a minimum-security crew ran away from custody Tuesday evening while taking out trash.

Roman M. Shrader, 20, of Malaga, was still at large this morning, said Phil Stanley, administrator for the Chelan County Regional Justice Center. Shrader was scheduled for release on June 4. He was serving time for driving while his license was suspended and possession of marijuana less than 40 grams. Stanley said he does not know how long Shrader had been in jail.

Stanley said Shrader ran away from a corrections officer who was supervising him and three other minimum-security inmates as they took garbage from the jail to a dumpster in the county parking lot about 7 p.m. “He took off down King Street, running,” Stanley said

The corrections officer told authorities and returned the other three inmates to the jail, Stanley said. Corrections officers, Wenatchee police and Chelan County sheriff’s deputies looked for Shrader but did not find him.

He is 6 feet tall, 195 pounds and was last seen wearing a blue jail uniform. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the RiverCom dispatch center at 663-9911.

Inmate tries to carve way out of Jail

- Beaufort Gazette
Bluffton tow-truck operator Preston Oates, jailed after a fatal shooting Christmas Eve, attempted to break out of the Beaufort County Detention Center last weekend, police said.

Oates, 27, was charged Monday by Beaufort police with malicious injury to property and attempted escape after trying to break the window of his cell Sunday with a part from a light fixture, said Phil Foot, the jail's director.

While on routine patrol outside the jail, a guard heard Oates trying to cut out the bottom half of the window with the metal faceplate from the cell's light switch, Foot said.

"The officer heard a strange noise and saw what window the noise was coming from," Foot said.

"Those windows are not made of glass, so they're not breakable.

"They're made of a corrections-grade material, and Oates was attempting to grind that plate against the bottom of the window to cut it."

Beaufort Police Chief Matt Clancy said Oates was never close to escaping but did about $2,000 in damage to his cell.

Foot said Oates probably will have an administrative hearing Thursday to determine what penalties he will face. Those sanctions could include placing Oates in maximum security, Foot said.

If convicted, Oates faces up to 15 years in prison for trying to escape and up to 30 days in prison for damaging his cell, according to state law.

Oates, co-owner of Pro Tow, was charged with voluntary manslaughter and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime for allegedly shooting and killing Bluffton resident Carlos Alberto Olivera, 34, on Christmas Eve.

The shooting occurred after an argument over a wheel boot Oates put on Olivera's minivan, which was parked outside a home in the Edgefield neighborhood, the 14th Circuit Solicitor's Office said.

Oates was confronted by Olivera's family and friends and said he would remove the boot for $300, according to police.

The argument escalated, and Olivera was shot six times - four times in the back, once in the arm and once in the head -with a .40-caliber Glock pistol, the solicitor's office said.

Oates has been in the county jail since Dec. 27 and was denied bond on the manslaughter charge during a hearing Jan. 28.

If convicted, Oates faces up to 30 years in prison on the manslaughter charge and at least five years in prison on the weapons charge, according to state law.

Broken clippers used in attempted
Jail escape

March 23, 2011
Debi DeSilver

The Express-Star

An attempted escape from the Grady County Law Enforcement Center was not successful due to a confidential informant.

Court documents show that Leonard Dale Etheridge, 47, a federal prisoner sentenced for the offense of bank robbery, cut through the back metal wall of a cell at the jail. The informant told officers that Etheridge was able to get to the run behind the cell, which would give him access to the windows of the jail.

Officer Jason Carpenter reported that the defendant had planned to use bed sheets and was going to attempt to try and go out the upper window of the second floor. Scratches and cut marks were observed above the inmate's bunk.

"I observed that in some of the areas the cuts had penetrated through the metal and that it was very apparent that the damage was caused with the purpose of gaining access to the run area," Carpenter said in documents. "Lt. Wyatt did locate two makeshift tools made from broken fingernail clippers and sporks that had been tightly wrapped that could be used to cut the metal in the cell."

Etheridge's cellmate advised officers that the defendant had discussed escaping and said that he was willing to do anything to go home, records show.

Inmate Accused Of Using Cellmate's Identity In Attempted Escape

Sheriff: Rudy Guerrero Posed As Fellow Inmate Who Was Due For Release

Police:  Alleged Facebook burglar escapes from Jail

Suspect working as Jail Trusty in Clark County

SOUTHERN INDIANA — A New Albany man arrested last year for allegedly burglarizing his Facebook friend’s house has escaped from Clark County custody after being named a trusty, which allowed him to work outside the jail.

Shaun M. South, 32, was charged in June with class B felony burglary and class D felony theft in Floyd County. He and another man allegedly broke into a house in the 4000 block of Lucy Drive in New Albany after Keri Pendleton posted that she and her now-husband Kurt would be out for a concert March 21, 2010.

After his arrest Aug. 25, he was extradited to the Michael L. Becher Adult Corrections Complex in Jeffersonville on a warrant for violating probation on an intimidation and receiving stolen property conviction.

Clark County Sheriff Danny Rodden said South walked away Friday from the Clark County Reuse Authority where he had been assigned to work.

South has three active warrants in Floyd County — one for the burglary and two for violating probation on receiving stolen property cases. Despite those warrants, he and another inmate were chosen as trustys and allowed to work at the Clark County Reuse Authority. An entry in the online case summary shows he was taken out on the “chain gang” on Feb. 16.

Rodden admitted South should not have been a trusty, a position he said is similar to being on the work-release program, because he has a warrant in another county and is facing charges for a violent crime. He said only nonviolent offenders and those without warrants are allowed to work as trustys.

“They usually look through their files and make sure there are no outstanding warrants,” Rodden said. “It was just one that slipped by us. He has been working as a trusty for a long time and never caused any trouble.”

Keri Pendleton said she was shocked to learn South had been allowed out of jail. She did not know he had escaped until contacted by the News and Tribune on Monday.

“It is kind of intimidating and scary that someone in that much trouble is out on the streets. He’s in jail for a reason, and I don’t think he should have been allowed out,” she said. “It took so long to even find him to arrest him in the first place ... but I have to trust they’ll find him like they did last time.”

The Facebook burglary case gained national media attention last year, shown as a cautionary tale to promote online safety. Keri Pendleton said South grew up across the street from her and added her as a friend on Facebook about six months prior to the burglary. She believes he targeted her house after she posted a message that she would be out for the concert.

Kurt Pendleton had recently installed home security cameras and the burglary was caught on video. Two men were seen breaking into the home and stealing electronic equipment, including a television, video game consoles and computers.

Keri Pendleton posted photos of the suspects on her Facebook page, and another friend recognized it was South. Floyd County Sheriff’s Department Detective Jeff Firkins also wrote in an affidavit for probable cause that he recognized South and 21-year-old Kyle Bieber as the burglars.

South was arrested Aug. 25 after a traffic stop in Jeffersontown, Ky. Major Chris McIntire with the Jeffersontown Police Department said South was pulled over for failing to stop at a stop sign, and officers learned of his warrant. McIntire said he admitted to being the Facebook burglar and thought the reason he was stopped was because they recognized him.

“He was surprised they didn’t know who he was because of all the media coverage,” McIntire said.

South and Bieber face the same charges, and Bieber is scheduled for trial May 24. Each face six to 20 years in prison on the burglary charge alone.

Rodden said South is probably still in the area because he has limited resources. South is described as a white male approximately 6 feet 2 inches tall and 200 pounds.

Anyone with information of his whereabouts is asked to call the sheriff’s department at 812-283-4471 or the anonymous tip line at 812-280-CCSO.


Smuggled cellphones a problem in North Texas County Jails

           (And maybe at YOUR Jail Facility)

March 28, 2011
Alex Branch

Smuggled cellphones are not only finding their way to Texas prison inmates, but also to offenders locked in North Texas county jails.

Jail officials in Tarrant, Denton and Johnson counties say they have seized cellphones from prisoners despite measures to keep them out.

The security risks created by cellphones were highlighted this week with news reports that an inmate who escaped this month from a Beaumont prison may have used a cellphone to plot with someone on the outside.

He may also have used the phone's Internet service to communicate with others on his Facebook page.

Johnson County jailers have caught prisoners trying to use cellphones to plan escapes or maintain drug operations outside the jail, Sheriff Bob Alford said.

"We've caught people trying to come in with them, and we've caught inmates with them," Alford said.

"It's something you just have to deal with these days."

Cellphones in state prisons became a source of controversy in 2008 after a systemwide search uncovered 100 mobile devices. One inmate was accused of using a smuggled phone to call and threaten state Sen. John Whitmire, who has been outspoken about the problem.

In response to the recent escape, prison officials are looking into technology that would allow them to locate cellphone signals inside the prison, said Michelle Lyons, a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

"We're going to allow some vendors to showcase technology that could hopefully aid us," she said.

Texas is not the only state grappling with the issue. Last year, notorious cult leader Charles Manson was discovered to have a flip phone hidden under his mattress in a California prison.

Smuggled in

Cellphone smuggling seems to be on a smaller scale in county jails. One reason, officials say, is that county jails tend to give more phone privileges than state prisons, though some jails record phone conversations.

Tarrant County officials say they have seized three or four cellphones in recent years and found evidence of others.

"If a prisoner gets wind that you're on to them, they'll break the phone and try to flush it piece by piece down the toilet," said Chief Deputy Bob Knowles of the Tarrant County Sheriff's Department. "If we find enough pieces, it becomes pretty clear they've had a phone."

Cellphones began showing up as they became cheaper and smaller, officials said. Most found on prisoners are believed to be smuggled in by someone from the outside. Most prisoners have been searched multiple times when they enter a county jail.

Contracted commissary workers, medical staff and food vendors are among those who have been caught giving phones to prisoners. Jailers get caught, too. Last summer, two Denton County jailers were arrested and accused of slipping a prisoner a cellphone and charger. In exchange, one of the jailers was allegedly given a laptop by an associate of the prisoner.

Smartphone worries

The emergence of smartphones has raised concerns that prisoners could plan escapes or criminal acts. On a smartphone, prisoners could view maps or examine photographs, as well as communicate electronically.

Access to that information is one reason prisoners are often only allowed to view websites with law information in jail computer labs.

So far, most prisoners with phones don't have iPhones or Androids, officials said. Most seized phones are cheap, prepaid brands that can become worthless when their battery drains because prisoners often have no place to discreetly charge them.

"We fight every day to keep contraband -- tobacco, drugs and phones -- out of the jail," said Terry Grisham, a spokesman for the Tarrant County Sheriff's Department. "This is just another thing you have to watch out for."

Deputies: Inmate Failed To Return From Funeral

I'm sure the living family members are real proud of him.
Sergeant Sandvig 

Miamisburg Man Had Been Granted Furlough From Jail

March 29, 2011

LEBANON, Ohio -- Sheriff's deputies are seeking a Miamisburg man who walked away last week from a jail furlough.

Investigators said Franklin Municipal Court had allowed 25-year-old Brian Joseph Miser to leave jail Friday to attend the funeral of a family member.

But they said Miser failed to return to the jail as ordered at 8:30 p.m.

Miser had been sentenced March 14 for violating his probation on a drunken driving conviction.

He has now been charged with escape.

Miser is described as white, 5 feet 11 inches tall and 155 pounds.

He has closely cropped or shaved hair, hazel eyes and many tattoos, deputies said.

His last known address was 525 Old Main St. in Miamisburg.

Anyone with information about Miser's case is asked to call Crimestoppers at 513-352-3040.


  ** UPDATE ** 
Prisoner Who Failed To Return After Funeral Is Caught

April 1, 2011

A Warren County prisoner who failed to return to jail after a family member's funeral is back behind bars.  Sheriff Deputies say 25 year old Brian Miser of Miamisburg was caught on Thursday afternoon in Montgomery County, Ohio and is held there now.

Miser was granted furlough last Friday to attend the funeral. Miser was sentenced by the Franklin Court on March 14 for a Probation Violation. Miser was on probation for Operating a Vehicle while Impaired.

He has now been charged with Escape and he faces a charge of obstruction of official business in Montgomery County in connection with his arrest.

Martin County inmate escapes, is recaptured

March 28, 2011

STANTON A 19-year-old man accused of felony theft got loose from the Martin County jail Monday afternoon but was recaptured about 30 minutes later.

Sheriff John Woodward said Damon Jamal Warren was being transported from the jail’s secured facility to the recreation yard when he broke away from the jailer at about 3:55 p.m. and ran off on foot. Woodward said in the following footchase through Stanton, authorities lost sight of Warren and finally caught him again at 4:21 p.m. Woodward said Warren hid in abandoned homes a number of times, and they’re investigating whether Warren was helped by his family when he went to their home and changed his clothes.

Woodward said Warren had been indicted on a charge of theft of more than $1,500, a state jail felony, and now will be charged with escape from a detention facility, a third-degree felony.

Woodward said the jail was built before inmates were required to be allowed three hours of open-air recreation each week.

“Our facility is not set up the way I’d like,” Woodward said. Woodward said his jailer followed proper procedure, and couldn’t have done much differently.

Woodward thanked the response of area law enforcement who came to assist during what was a very tense situation, and the help the citizens of Stanton gave in helping keep track of Warren.

Woodward said this was the first escape he’d had since he became sheriff in 2009.

Two Inmates Escape from Monroe County Jail

April 1, 2011
YNN Staff

Police investigating the escape of two inmates from the Monroe County Jail in downtown Rochester said leads have been coming in from out of state.

36-year-old Eddie Palmer and 34-year-old Joseph Lee Mitchell have been identified by police as the two inmates that have escaped. Police said the two were cellmates.

According to police, the two escaped at 8:10 p.m. Thursday. Police said that jail officials began an exterior and interior search of the jail based on some suspicious activity outside.

According to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, jail officials did a head count, and found that two inmates were missing.

Also missing: A cell bar on a window, which had been removed. The glass on the window had also been broken.

“That we still don’t have a firm handle on yet,” said Major Steve Kostler with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office when asked how the bar was removed. “We have some suspicions, but until we get technicians involved and get some experts to look into the structure, we don’t know yet.”

The window was on the second story of the building, and from there, it's a 20 foot drop to the ground. Police said there is no evidence that either Palmer or Mitchell were injured.

Palmer was in jail for criminal possession of stolen property totaling more than $1,000. Sheriff's Office records indicate Palmer has been in the county jail since June of last year.

Mitchell was being held in the Monroe County Jail awaiting trial. Sheriff's Office records indicate he was booked in late January.

“We don’t consider them to be violent people or harmful people, but we will treat them now because of what occurred as armed and dangerous fugitives,” said Kostler.

The Monroe County Sheriff's Department reported that there will be no public visitations allowed at the Monroe County Jail on Friday after two inmates escaped Thursday night.

Police said that Thursday was a routine day inside the jail. No public visitation was allowed on Friday.

Law enforcement agencies around the country have been alerted about Palmer and Mitchell. One of the men is believed to have connections in Arizona or California.

“They are out, they know they are wanted, they are on the run,” said Kostler. “I would be concerned, and that’s why if I saw anyone who resembled the photos you have, just call 911 and they’ll send the patrols over.”

Carter Co. prisoner escapes

April 1, 2011
John Thompson

ELIZABETHTON — The Carter County Sheriff’s Department searched for a prisoner who escaped from a work detail on Thursday afternoon.

Capt. Rocky Croy said Terry Lee Teaster, 19, jumped out of a litter patrol truck about 2:45 p.m. Thursday as the truck was coming to a stop at the intersection of Minton Hollow Road and Tenn. Highway 91.

Teaster is 5 feet, 9 inches tall, weighs 150 pounds, blond hair, blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a gray shirt with the words “Carter County Inmate Trustee,” orange vest and blue pants.

The litter truck goes to different sites to be cleaned each day, but when it is full, the truck goes to the Carter County Landfill off Minton Hollow Road to dump the trash. It was during this trip that Teaster escaped.

“He headed toward the front and one of the other workers thought he was going to get some water. Then he jumped when the truck slowed down enough,” Croy said.

Croy said Teaster had only been in the jail for approximately 10 days since being convicted of probation violation from Sessions Court. Croy said Teaster was scheduled to be released in June.

Teaster was not considered to be dangerous, Croy said.









Jail escape update: Off-duty Jail deputy first discovered the escape, US Marshals offer reward 

April 4, 2011

Democrats in the Monroe County Legislature are looking for answers about the escape of two inmates from the county's downtown jail last week.

And now, The U.S. Marshals Service is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the escapees.

When Joseph Lee Mitchell and Eddie Palmer made a break from the jail Thursday night, I-Team 10 has now learned it was an off-duty jail deputy who first discovered the escape.

He had just ended his shift and was in his car headed home, when he saw two suspicious men run across Plymouth Avenue in front of him from the direction of the jail. He immediately called in to report what he saw.

Five days after the brazen escape from a second story window, I-Team 10 is also learning more about the area of the jail where the men were housed.

Originally a records office and transport area, it was converted about 20 years ago to deal with overcrowding in the jail. It is now a two tiered inmate housing unit.

I-Team 10 has learned the men cut through a bar in a cell window which gave them access a three foot pipe corridor that runs along the back of the cells. The window is the second one they breached from the pipe corridor to gain access to the outside.

The Sheriff's Department has now cleared that housing area. At the time of the jailbreak, 35 to 40 inmates were in that unit.

Now some in the county legislature want more information.

Today, Legislator Willie Lightfoot, the ranking democrat on the public safety committee, sent a letter to County Executive Maggie Brooks asking that the Sheriff's Office provide a briefing to lawmakers at their next meeting on April 12.

“It's really a matter of making sure we have all the information." Steve Eckel is also on the public safety committee. He says he would also like to know why the public wasn't notified immediately of the escape. “My key concern would be why was there a three hour delay in the notification of the public when the Sheriff’s Deputies in the office knew within 10 minutes what was going on."

But the Sheriff's Department today defended its timing of the release of information to the public. A spokesperson told I-Team 10 their first response was a police response and once they confirmed the escape, they still had to secure the crime scene, do a head count of 1,000 inmates and search the jail housing unit and before notifying the public.

Since the escape, investigators have questioned several friends and family members of the escapees and searched homes throughout the area.

The Sheriff's Department says they are still getting tips and leads. They are also conducting an internal investigation to determine how palmer managed to get a cutting blade and a cell phone into the jail.

Any individual with information as to the whereabouts of either of these fugitives should immediately contact the U.S. Marshals Service at: (585) 263-5787 or the Monroe County Sheriff's Department at (585) 753-4178.

Also, visitation -- which had been suspended since the escape -- is scheduled to resume Tuesday.

The state is also investigating the escape. Jails are required to notify the Commission of Corrections when there is an escape.

A spokesperson with the state says the investigation will include an inspection of the facility, interviews with staff and a look at what the existing policies are and whether changes need to be implemented.

That investigation is expected to take several months.

3 saw blades found near scene of NY Jail escape

April 6, 2011
NYPost .com

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Authorities are trying to determine if three saw blades found on a Rochester street were used by two inmates who escaped from the Monroe County Jail last week.

Sheriff’s department officials tell the Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester that the saw blades were found last Friday morning in the grass on a street near the jail 34-year-old Joseph Lee Mitchell and 35-year-old Eddie Palmer escaped from last Thursday night.

Authorities say the two men cut through a metal bar in their cell window, then smashed the window and dropped about a dozen feet to the ground. They were seen on surveillance tapes running away from the jail.

An off-duty sheriff’s deputy spotted the two men running across a street and alerted jail officials.

Mitchell and Palmer remain at large.

UPDATE: Dubuque County inmate who escaped Jail is captured

April 6, 2011

DUBUQUE, Iowa --- An inmate in the Dubuque County Jail who walked away while on kitchen duty was apprehended Wednesday.

Jeffrey D. Hess, 25, was caught at a house at 2062 White St. in Dubuque.  Acting on confidential information, members of the Dubuque County Sheriff's Office and the Dubuque Police Department were able to peacefully apprehend him about 3:25 p.m.


DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) --- Dubuque County authorities say an inmate working in the jail kitchen ducked out a fire exit door and fled.

The sheriff's office says 25-year-old Jeffrey Hess was on minimum-security status while working in the kitchen. He had been convicted of misdemeanor domestic assault.

Hess got free a little before 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday. The sheriff's office said Wednesday that Hess is still loose.

Jail administrator Mike Muenster said in his 12 years with the department, he couldn't recall another escape.

Inmate Charged in Failed Escape

Meridian, Miss.
A suspect who tried to escape through the ceiling in the booking area of the jail was officially charged Monday.

April 5, 2011
Lindsey Brown

George Lee Williams, 18, was initially booked into the Lauderdale County Detention Facility on charges of burglary and receiving stolen property.

Authorities say he attempted an escape Sunday night while he was using the restroom in the booking area. They say Williams removed ceiling tiles and attempted to crawl through the ceiling. Just minutes later, he fell through the ceiling of the room next door.

"We have already talked to our maintenance personnel, who are making arrangements to improve our ceiling area, the area in which he tried to escape, measure to prevent this from happening again," said Capt. Melissa McCarter, assistant jail administrator.

Authorities say within minutes the jail was on lock down and there was no chance Williams would have made it out of the jail.

Inmate Escapes from Traill County Jail

          No threat to public, sheriff says

April 6, 2011

An inmate at the Traill County Jail in Hillsboro escaped early Wednesday morning and is not in custody as of Thursday.

Sheriff Mike Crocker says his office received information that Dana Michael Thomas could be headed to the Minneapolis area.

Crocker says at around 12 a.m. Wednesday Dana Michael Thomas escaped while an officer was bringing another inmate in jail. Crocker says Thomas was hiding behind a garbage can.

Thomas doesn't pose a threat to the public, the Sheriff's Office says.

Thomas was being held on a DUI charge.

The Traill County Sheriff's Office can be reached at 701-636-4510.

Escaped Haywood County inmate caught in Myrtle Beach, SC

April 6, 2011
James Shea

WAYNESVILLE — A man who escaped from the Haywood County jail annex last month is back in custody.

Frank Lee Evans Jr. was captured in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Haywood County Sheriff Bobby Suttles said.

“We had some information on where he was at, and law enforcement acted on that,” he said.

On March 12, Evans had been caught trying to punch a hole through the roof in his annex cell and the Sheriff's Office decided to move him to the main jail. As he was being transferred on March 13, Evans ran out a door and escaped.

It had been a year since anyone escaped from the Haywood County jail. The annex houses 30 inmates, and the jail has 92 beds. The annex normally houses prisoners who have misdemeanor charges.

Evans was not handcuffed when he escaped. The jail has changed policy so all prisoners are handcuffed when being transferred, Suttles said.

Evans was about to be transferred to a state prison at the time of his escape. Suttles said Evans has been transferred from South Carolina to a North Carolina state prison.

Evans was sentenced to 30 months in prison for stealing tools and other items.

He faces other charges in Haywood County. Evans is charged with trafficking in prescription medication and possession of a firearm by a felon. He was also charged with felony escape because of the jail break.

“He faces quite a bit of time if he is convicted on these charges,” Suttles said.

Escaped Prisoner caught after Mat-Su manhunt (Alaska)

January 5, 2011

Alaska State Troopers have apprehended a prisoner who escaped from the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility Wednesday morning, as well as an accomplice in his escape.

After a six-hour, multi-agency manhunt, Kent Charles Matte, 44, was apprehended at about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday near the intersection of Stanley Road and the Parks Highway, just north of Wasilla near city limits. Matte subsequently received medical attention for injuries sustained during his escape.

Troopers also arrested 22-year-old Kosha Lynae Jacob of Wasilla as an accomplice in Matte’s escape. She was charged with escape in the second degree as an accomplice and hindering prosecution, and her bail was set at $5,000 cash.

Officials say Matte escaped from the facility’s recreation yard at 8:05 a.m. Department of Corrections Deputy Commissioner Sam Edwards says a fellow prisoner alerted others to the escape. Edwards said Matte climbed over the fence and used his coat to cover the razor-ribbon wire.

"Immediately when we were made aware of this, the local troopers out in the valley, Palmer Police Department and members of law enforcement in that area all pretty much concentrated their efforts towards trying to locate this individual and get him back into custody as soon as possible," said trooper Lt. David Hanson.

Matte is not a maximum-security prisoner, and officials say he's been in the facility for about three months. According to state court records, Matte has been charged with burglary in a residence, theft of more than $500, damage to property more than $500, theft of a firearm or explosive, misconduct involving a controlled substance and failure to stop at the direction of an officer.

The pretrial facility was on lockdown Wednesday. Officials say there has never been an escape from the jail before.

Mat-Su Borough schools operated in stay-put mode Wednesday morning after reports of the escape.

According to the Mat-Su Borough School District, students were allowed to move around within district facilities, but all exterior doors and entrances had been locked.

Other law enforcement agencies involved in the search included the U.S. Marshals Service, Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Palmer Police Department, Wasilla Police Department, the Department of Corrections and the Palmer District Attorney’s Office.

An investigation into Matte’s escape is continuing.

Escaped Reeves County Inmate Back Behind Bars

April 14, 2011
Staff Report
NewsWest 9

REEVES COUNTY - A Reeves County inmate, who escaped from custody, is back behind bars.

Sheriff's deputies found Robert Daniel Spivey in Levelland, Texas earlier this week.

He had been let out of jail to go to his uncle's funeral but his mom said he never showed up there.

Reeves County Sheriff's Deputies say Spivey had already paid his bond and all he had to do was pick up his house arrest bracelet.

He was originally in jail for a parole violation and evading police.

Police are investigating the case and additional charges are pending.

Teenager botches escape from Riverside Jail

April 13, 2011

A teenage inmate at the Suffolk County Jail in Riverside who was being held on burglary charges tried to escape the facility Tuesday, but instead he got caught in several layers of razor wire, according to the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department.

Jose Nunez-Garcia, 16, of East Northport scaled an inner fence at the jail’s exercise yard and ran along a narrow passage during his escape attempt. He then cut himself trying to flee through a maze of razor wire.

He was caught within seven minutes and was charged with first-degree attempted escape.

“The swift response of our highly trained officers, coupled with security measures at our facilities, reinforce the foolishness of such an attempt,” said Sheriff Vincent DeMarco.

Mr. Nunez-Garcia was originally arrested March 20 after a string of commercial burglaries in the Northport area over the course of two months. He was caught hiding in a building at Village Physical Therapy in Northport Village. Police said he was involved in at least four burglaries including one at the Bank of America branch in East Northport.

Update: Carter Co. Jail escapee still at large

April 15, 2011
John Thompson
Elizabethton Bureau Chief

ELIZABETHTON — A suspect in two recent burglaries remained on the loose Friday after escaping the Carter County Jail late Thursday night.

Caleb Isaac Reed, 21, 116 Buckles Road, was reported to have escaped from the jail around 11:25 p.m. by Dispatcher Terry Blevins. Reed was described as being 6 feet, 1 inch tall and weighing 200 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes and multiple tattoos.

The Sheriff’s Department reported that Reed apparently faked a seizure and was being transported by wheel chair from the modular jail cells to the medical facility in the upstairs jail. The trip required the jailers to take Reed through a security fence gate into an unsecured area before entering the jail building.

Once past the containment fence, the jailers said Reed came out of the wheel chair and began to vomit. He then jumped up and ran from the two corrections officers. The officers ran after Reed, but were not able to catch him.

Reed was said to have been heading north towards the Food City grocery store when he was last spotted.

Deputies were soon combing the streets surrounding the jail. The deputies were assisted by officers from the Elizabethton Police Department, the Tennessee Highway Patrol and Carter County constables.

Elizabethton police officer Sarah Ellison deployed her police dog, Kero, to conduct a hasty search. Reed’s jail-issued shirt was found lying in a construction site near the Memorial Funeral Home parking lot. A witness said she had seen Reed traveling north toward Kendrick Avenue.

Kero tracked north along the front yards of houses on Kendrick Avenue, then turned east between two residences. Upon reaching the rear of a residence, Kero crawled under a two-wheel trailer. Ellison then noticed a door that appeared to have been forced open. The padlocked door facing had been broken and the door was ajar.

Kero searched inside the building but no one was found inside the structure, which appeared to be a storage building with no access to the rest of the house.

From there, the trail grew cold and Kero was not able to follow the track. The team also checked a dump truck parked on Lovers Lane on the other side of the Watauga River, where there were signs Reed may have used the truck as a hiding spot.

Reed had been arrested on April 9 on a violation of probation warrant on a Sessions Court case that had been appealed to Criminal Court. In addition, he was expected to be indicted during the next meeting of the grand jury on two recent burglaries.

One of the burglaries was at a residence where over $20,000 in baseball and basketball cards was taken and in the burglary of Weaver’s store in Blue Springs, where 170 packs of cigarettes had been stolen and $600 in knives. Many of the items were recovered during a search of Reed’s residence after his April 9 arrest.

According to Sessions Court records, Reed had been convicted of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and two counts of credit card fraud.

Thursday’s escape and pursuit was not the first time Reed had run from officers.

On July 27, 2009, Deputies Joseph Holsclaw, Billy Harrell and Richard Barnett had gone to Reed’s Buckles Road residence to serve a warrant for violation of probation. As officers approached, they could see Reed mowing the yard. When Reed saw the officers, they reported that he began running through the field behind his residence.

In the pursuit, Deputy Holsclaw twisted his ankle and fell. The pursuing officers were joined by Deputy Dave Ryan and his police dog Diesel.

The officers tracked the then-19-year-old Reed up and down the steep slopes of Iron Mountain for 2 1/2 hours on the hot day. At the end of the pursuit, Barnett, who was wearing a protective vest and all of the other equipment deputies are required to wear, emerged from the woods. His fellow officers said he began having difficulty breathing and was having cramps.

The Carter County Rescue Squad transported Barnett to Sycamore Shoals Hospital, where he was treated for heat exhaustion.

A week later, Barnett returned to arrest Reed and after searching his house, found him hiding in the attic, covered with blown insulation. He was charged with aggravated assault on an officer and evading arrest.

When Reed appeared in Sessions Court on Oct. 2009, the prosecution moved to dismiss the aggravated assault charge because the facts did not support the charge. He was found guilty of evading arrest and placed on probation.

Reed had appealed his latest violation of probation conviction in Sessions Court to Criminal Court. He had appeared in Criminal Court with his attorney David Crockett just hours before Thursday’s escape. The case was continued to May 23.

The Thursday night escape was the first one from the jail in several years. There have been inmates who have walked away from work details, but no one had escaped from inside the jail in over a decade.

The escape was made easier by the recent removal of a security fence and covered walkway that once contained all people who left the area of the modular jail until they passed through an exit gate controlled by the dispatcher. That extra measure of security was removed recently as part of the transition into the new jail which is still under construction.

As part of an agreement with the city of Elizabethton, the modular jail is to be removed once the new jail is opened and a fence is to be erected between the new jail and the city’s ball fields.

Florida teen Yarnell Bagley on the run after escaping from County Jail for second time in six weeks

April 20, 2011
Larry McShane

A teen-age Florida inmate escaped from County Jail for the second time in six weeks, making a shirtless late-night getaway through a recreation area.

Accused car thief Yarnell Bagley, 17, slipped past guards at the Marion County Sheriff's Office Youth Detention Center around 11 p.m. Tuesday night.

The 5-foot-10, 160-pound inmate remained on the run Wednesday despite a helicopter and K-9 search of the area around the Ocala facility, authorities said.

The fugitive was wearing red pants and no shirt when he was spotted running from the jail. He had been arrested on charges of grand theft, auto theft and burglary.

Bagley bolted from the same jail on March 10, enjoying a week of freedom before his re-arrest. In that incident, the teen and a 15-year-old fellow inmate scaled a barbed-wire fence to escape.

Both escapes led to the suspension of corrections officer at the facility. Bagley was held in a jail that houses juveniles charged as adults.


Prisoner Escapes Dent County, MO Jail

Overpowered guard just before 9:00 pm Tuesday.

Dent County deputies are looking for a man who escaped from jail there Tuesday night.

Officials tell KSPR that Kenny Klieber was being held in the Dent County jail on charges of felony sex abuse.

Klieber escaped just before 9:00 pm Tuesday.

26-year-old Klieber is 6'1", and weighs about 170 lbs. He's white and has brown hair and hazel eyes.

He most likely ditched his jail uniform, so officers aren't sure what he'd be wearing.

If you have any information, you can call the Dent County Sheriff's office at (573) 729-3241, or the Highway Patrol at (573) 368-2345.

Jail escapee's mother arrested; he is still at large

April 21, 2011

OCALA – Sheriff's detectives have arrested the mother of a juvenile who escaped from the Marion County Jail late Tuesday night.

Lekeshia N. Cohen, 35, was charged at 12:20 a.m. Wednesday with aiding escape from a detention facility and fleeing and eluding.

Her son, Yarnel Bagley, 17, has escaped twice from the Marion County Jail, most recently Tuesday.

Officials were following up leads from his first escape and contacting family members when they saw Cohen in Citra and stopped her vehicle. She was taken to the Marion County Sheriff's Office for an interview.

Cohen told authorities that after her son escaped, she received a call from him and he asked her to pick him up in Reddick, which she did. At the time, she said, he was wearing inmate pants.

She said she drove him to Hawthorne, and then to Georgia to meet a woman.

Officials said Cohen apologized for her actions. She was then taken into custody and to the jail.

Officials said they reached out to the woman in Georgia, described as a friend of the family, and she assured them she did not harbor Bagley and has no intention of hiding him.

Detectives believe he already has made his way back to the Ocala area.

Chief of Staff Dan Kuhn said if anyone assists or harbors Bagley, they will be arrested. He urges with any with information about his whereabouts to call the Sheriff's Office, Crime Stoppers or law enforcement.

There is a $5,000 reward for information that leads to Bagley's arrest.

Inmate who escaped St. Louis Jail caught

April 22, 2011
Associated Press

ST. LOUIS – One of two inmates who escaped early Friday from a downtown St. Louis jail has been captured after police found him at a gas station wearing what a station clerk described as a "Bruce Lee wig."

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports 33-year-old David White was taken into custody about 4 p.m. after police surrounded an older-model white Cadillac at a Phillips 66 station.

White and 34-year-old Vernon Collins broke a second-story window at the St. Louis Justice Center and used a sheet to climb down. Collins remained at large late Friday afternoon.

Police say White had been in the jail's infirmary for a broken leg, and he broke the other leg while escaping.

Mayor Francis Slay's chief of staff blamed the escape on a "knuckle-headed corrections officer" who failed to properly investigate a report of noise from the men's cell early Friday morning.

A "knuckle-headed corrections officer" is to blame for the escape of two men who apparently climbed down a homemade rope Friday morning to escape from a St. Louis detention center, the mayor's chief of staff said.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Vernon Collins, 34, and David White, 33, were discovered missing just before 7 a.m., but police believe they might have been gone for 90 minutes by that time. Both were still at large late Friday morning.

Collins was in jail on a charge of assaulting a law enforcement officer, while White was being held on charges of assault, burglary and property damage. Collins also is accused of overpowering a corrections officer.

Jeff Rainford, Mayor Francis Slay's chief of staff, told the newspaper that to corrections officer failed to fully investigate noises coming from their cell. He said the escape was the first at the $101 million, state-of-the-art downtown jail that was built in 2002.

Police said the inmates apparently broke out a second-story window and scaled down the front of the building using black cloth tied together with rope. A security camera mounted below the broken window appeared to have been knocked off its mount and was dangling from the building Friday morning.

No blood was visible near the window or on the ground.

Both men were being held in the center's medical unit, Rainford said. He said a nurse heard noises coming from their cell in the middle of the night and told a corrections officer, who went to the cell and asked what was going on. The inmates told the officer they were exercising.

The nurse heard noises again and the same officer went back to the cell, but didn't go inside, Rainford said.

"This was not some master-minded scheme," he said. "This was one knuckle-headed corrections officer."

Daphne Golden, who was waiting at the jail to bail out her son Friday morning, said she heard corrections officers declare that all inmates were accounted for over an intercom at shift change around 6:30 a.m. Moments later, jailers began running around, yelling to secure all doors and windows, she said.

"They were running around like wild people," she said.

The jail is run by the city's Public Safety Department. Corrections superintendent Eugene Stubblefield said the men used a bedsheet to escape.

St. Louis Police Capt. Sam Dotson said police are reviewing video surveillance to see if anyone helped the two escape.

(another St. Louis Jail escape article)

Homemade cloth rope aids St. Louis Jail escape

April 22, 2011

A "knuckle-headed Corrections Officer" is to blame for the escape of two men who apparently climbed down a homemade rope Friday morning to escape from a St. Louis detention center, the mayor's chief of staff said.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Vernon Collins, 34, and David White, 33, were discovered missing just before 7 a.m., but police believe they might have been gone for 90 minutes by that time.

White was later caught at a gas station wearing what a station clerk described as a "Bruce Lee wig," the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. He was taken into custody about 4 p.m. after police surrounded an older-model white Cadillac at a Phillips 66 station. Collins remained at large Friday afternoon.

Collins was in jail on a charge of assaulting a law enforcement officer, while White was being held on charges of assault, burglary and property damage. Collins also is accused of overpowering a corrections officer.

Jeff Rainford, Mayor Francis Slay's chief of staff, told the newspaper the escape was the first at the $101 million, state-of-the-art downtown jail built in 2002 and it happened when a corrections officer failed to fully investigate noises coming from the men's cell.

Police said the inmates apparently broke out a second-story window and scaled down the front of the building using black cloth tied together with rope. A security camera mounted below the broken window appeared to have been knocked off its mount and was dangling from the building Friday morning.

No blood was visible near the window or on the ground.

Both men were being held in the center's medical unit, Rainford said. He said a nurse heard noises coming from their cell in the middle of the night and told a corrections officer, who went to the cell and asked what was going on. The inmates told the officer they were exercising.

The nurse heard noises again and the same officer went back to the cell, but didn't go inside, Rainford said.

"This was not some master-minded scheme," he said. "This was one knuckle-headed corrections officer."

White, who had been in the jail's infirmary with a broken leg, broke the other one while escaping, police said.

Daphne Golden, who was waiting at the jail to bail out her son Friday morning, said she heard corrections officers declare that all inmates were accounted for over an intercom at shift change around 6:30 a.m. Moments later, jailers began running around, yelling to secure all doors and windows, she said.

"They were running around like wild people," she said.

The jail is run by the city's Public Safety Department. Corrections superintendent Eugene Stubblefield said the men used a bedsheet to escape.

St. Louis Police Capt. Sam Dotson said police are reviewing video surveillance to see if anyone helped the two escape.

Escaped inmate leads cops on high-speed chase

May 1, 2011
Lance Frank


An inmate escaped custody Sunday afternoon, and then took off in a stolen truck, authorities said.

According to the Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office, Francois Antonio Charles eluded sheriff's deputies and escaped from custody while he was being booked into the jail.

Aubrey St. Angelo Jr., a spokesperson for the sheriff's office, said Charles got away from deputies, started running, then carjacked a pickup truck and drove away.

Deputies reportedly fired two shots at the truck but missed.

Angelo said Charles led deputies on an hour-long, high-speed chase into Ascension Parish.

One of the cruisers involved in the chase eventually rammed the stolen truck into a ditch near Donaldsonville.

Charles is back in custody. He faces carjacking and escape charges, among others.

Inmate Who Escaped From Garrett County Jail Caught in VA

May 3, 2011

BEDFORD, VA - An inmate who's been on the run for over three months is now in federal custody.

DeAndre Kelly escaped from the Garrett County Detention Center on January 23rd. Police say he assaulted two corrections officers and threatened them with a gun, forcing them to open the door.

Kelly was a fugitive featured on the television show "America's Most Wanted." He was taken into custody without incident Monday night at the Raintree Village Apartment Complex in Bedford, VA. Kelly is now in federal custody in Roanoke, VA.

After his escape, Kelly was considered armed and dangerous. Authorities were searching in Garrett and Allegany counties because he has ties to the Cumberland area.

Several people were arrested after Kelly's escape. They're charged with conspiracy to commit burglary and assault and they're accused of being accessories after the fact.

Kelly was being held on drug charges in the Garrett County Detention Center. U.S. Marshals were also trying to hunt down Kelly last summer after he failed to appear in court in Washington, D.C.

Oklahoma murder suspect is back in custody

By the CNN Wire Staff
June 26, 2011

(CNN) -- A murder suspect who broke out of jail over the weekend was captured Sunday, hidden among high weeds at a pond near where he grew up, said McClain County, Oklahoma, Sheriff Don Hewett.

Squads of sheriff's deputies and state troopers had mounted house-to-house searches around Blanchard, Oklahoma, looking for 27-year-old Shaun Bosse.

"He offered no resistance and he is in custody at this time," Hewett told reporters.

Investigators said Bosse overpowered two guards and stole one of their cars when he broke out of jail in Purcell, south of Oklahoma City, on Sunday morning, McClain County Undersheriff Bill Shobe said.

Sheriff Hewett told CNN that the Pontiac Grand Prix was found near Blanchard, about 25 miles west, on Sunday afternoon, and a witness spotted him running away from the car.

At least one helicopter helped guide squads of heavily armed police in the searches. Before Bosse was captured, Hewett said he did not believe the suspect was armed, "but we still consider him dangerous."

Bosse is charged with three counts of first-degree murder and one count of arson in the July 2010 deaths of 24-year-old Katrina Griffin and her children Christian, 8, and Chastity, 6, according to CNN affiliate KOCO. Bosse has friends and relatives in the Blanchard area, Hewett said.

Asked how Bosse was able to overpower two deputies, Hewett said, "We're asking the same question. We're doing an internal (investigation) at this time."

The deputies are "fine," Hewett said. "They're not hurt at all."

The bodies of Griffin and her two children were found in a mobile home that had caught fire, according to KOCO. Authorities said Griffin died from eight stab wounds, Christian had been stabbed five times and Chastity died in the fire, KOCO said.

According to court documents, Bosse told investigators that he and Griffin had been dating for about two weeks, KOCO said.

Bosse was described as being about 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing about 215 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes.

CNN's Amanda Watts contributed to this report.

St. Louis examining jail design after escape

June 24, 2011
Joel Currier

ST. LOUIS • A missing ceiling panel still exposes the route through a crawlspace two inmates took in April before they shattered a large front window of the St. Louis Justice Center and shimmied down a bedsheet rope to freedom.

On Thursday, city officials and jail staff led journalists on a tour of St. Louis' two jails, offering a glimpse inside the facilities after two inmates staged the first-ever jailbreak from the St. Louis Justice Center since it opened in 2002.

The escapees were captured within hours of their escape, and a corrections officer has been charged with permitting the escape and lying about it.

Gene Stubblefield, the city's corrections commissioner, said the jail has made no major changes but is conducting an audit of the Justice Center's design and security.

He called the April 22 escape an "isolated incident" and blamed the failure on former corrections officer Mori Farrell and a "design flaw" in the ceiling above the infirmary where the inmates escaped.

"Inmates will always show you your weaknesses," Stubblefield said Thursday.

The escapees, Vernon L. Collins, 34, and David G. White, 33, crawled through an access panel in the jail's infirmary to reach a space above the ceiling, then broke through a metal barrier and used a metal piece from one of their bunk beds to break the window.

Since the escape, Stubblefield said he has had new surveillance equipment installed in some parts of the jail and may get more depending on results of the audit due in August. He said supervisors also now conduct monthly checks on officers' daily inspection reports to ensure they monitor areas closely.

That didn't happen the night of the escape, prosecutors say, when Farrell, 51, faked computer logs showing all inmates were in their cells. A week after the jailbreak, Farrell was charged with two felony counts of permitting escape, five felony counts of forgery, for falsifying records; and one misdemeanor count of making a false declaration for lying to his boss.

Officials said Farrell told them he had investigated loud banging and scratching noises coming from the medical wing where the men were held. He said one of the inmates claimed they had been shadow boxing against a bunk, causing the ruckus.

Stubblefield, who said he was the first to interview Farrell, says Farrell made up the story about the inmates shadow boxing in their cell in the middle of the night. Stubblefield said he doesn't think Farrell ever checked on the noises at all.

Farrell was in protective custody at the jail for two to three days after his arrest but has since been released after posting bail, Stubblefield said. Farrell has been on unpaid leave; a termination hearing is set for next week.

Farrell's lawyer, Eric Barnhart, said Thursday there was no evidence Farrell helped in the escape. He added, "It seems with this case that everyone is trying to throw him under the bus."

Collins and White are back at the Justice Center, held in solitary confinement as they await trial.

Each was being held on assault and other charges stemming from violent crimes when they escaped. Collins is charged with stabbing a man multiple times in March and shooting a police officer. White is accused of stabbing his ex-girlfriend in January and using her child as a human shield to run away.

Now they also face felony counts of escaping from confinement and damage to jail property. A judge set cash bail in those cases at $150,000.

Women indicted on charges related to Bedford Heights Jail escape

June 27, 2011
Tina Kaufmann

One woman escaped jail, the other is said to have helped her. Now both have been indicted by a grand jury.

Ruby Seagraves, 34, and Miranda Black, 31, have been indicted on charges related to the escape of Seagraves from the Bedford Heights Jail.

On May 27, the indictment stated Seagraves escaped the jail, thanks to the assistance of Black. Seagraves was behind bars after pleading guilty in federal court to conspiracy to distribute heroin. She was in custody awaiting sentencing when she managed to get away.

Seagraves was only out for several hours before being caught and put back behind bars. At that time, Black was also arrested. Authorities said she had not previously been charged but allegedly helped Seagraves in her escape.

In related news, two local men have been indicted by a federal grand jury in unrelated drug charge cases, according to the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

Willie Curry, 51, of South Euclid, was slapped with a three-count indictment relating to cocaine possession, along with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Larry Moore, 33, of Akron, has been indicted on charges of possessing crack cocaine.


Trial Begins for Man Who Escaped from County Jail

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