Kamron T. Taylor, a convicted murderer, got past a correctional guard on Wednesday morning and escaped from an Illinois correctional facility. According to CNN, Taylor was able to overpower the guard and grab his keys and uniform before escaping in the officer’s vehicle. The incident happened at the Jerome Combs Detention Center around 3 a.m. today.
Taylor had been awaiting his sentencing after being convicted of murder.
“The 23-year-old fugitive — who weighs about 170 pounds and stands 5 feet, 9 inches tall — is wanted for aggravated battery to a correctional officer as well as escape, the Sheriff’s Office said on its website. A $1,000 cash reward is being offered for any information that leads to Taylor’s apprehension.”
The convicted murderer took the guard’s car, which is a brown 2012 Chevy Equinox. Authorities say that the vehicle has an Illinois license plate (P506660). According to the New York Daily News, police have released a photo of what the vehicle looks like and are asking the public for their help in this matter. Anyone who thinks they see Taylor is advised to call police and to keep their distance. He is considered “armed and dangerous.”
— NBC Chicago (@nbcchicago) April 1, 2015
As far as the guard who was attacked, his condition is unknown. Additional details were unavailable at the time of this report. The Kankakee County Sheriff’s Department has been updating their social media accounts with information pertaining to this inmate escape. So far, no leads have brought police to locating Taylor.
We will be addressing the media (re: jail escape) at a conference in the media room at 11:05 am today (4/1/15) at the Sheriff’s Office.
— Kankakee Co Sheriff (@KankakeeSheriff) April 1, 2015
A convicted murderer got past a guard in July 2014 as well. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Jason McClurg escaped from a Missouri jail while watching the Fourth of July fireworks.
“A deputy in the jail in Eminence, Missouri, took a group of nine inmates outside on Friday night to watch the Fourth of July fireworks. While they were watching the show, McClurg picked the perfect moment and made a break for it, running away and out of reach of the guard.”
McClurg was captured a month later.
[Photo courtesy of the Kankakee County Sheriff’s Office via the New York Daily News]