UPDATE: Escaped Inmate Captured, Two Guards Suspended
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The man who escaped from the St. Louis medium security correctional facility was found and taken into custody, late Thursday.
Allen Brown Jr. was caught in the 4100 block of Enright at 7:25 p.m. No further details were given by police.
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Two guards at the St. Louis Medium Security facility have been placed on unpaid leave.
One of the officers left a gate open that allowed Allen Brown Jr. to climb over an inner fence and reach the outer fence. The other officer was supposed to be guarding the perimeter.
City Operations Director Sam Dotson says Brown was with 28 other inmates in an education class in a trailer behind the workhouse, when he went into the bathroom in the trailer at about 8:00 pm. He never came out.
Dodson says at some point Brown saw the open gate. That allowed him to climb over a fence that was not topped with barbed or razor wire. He then climbed the outer fence and squeezed through the razor and barbed wire at the top.
Dodson says there is no problem with the jail’s design, “It was the individuals’ failure that allowed this inmate to get to an area he wasn’t supposed to be in.”
When asked if, as in a recent escape at the downtown jail, the guards were in on the escape, Dodson says, “I don’t want to speculate on that right now, because it is an ongoing investigation and I want to make sure that individual has their due process as well.”
The facility remains on lockdown.
Brown was awaiting trial on one count of unlawful use of drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of a firearm. He is 29-years-old, black, 5-11, 195 pounds with brown eyes and black dreadlocks. He was arrested Nov. 19, 2010, and was being held on $100,000 bond. His last address was in the 1000 block of Rue De La Banque.
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