Washington Park Police launched a manhunt Thursday afternoon after a prisoner escaped from the police department on Forest Blvd. Chief David Clark said he believes the incident was an accident, but he is investigating it.
Jerome J. Taylor slipped out of the building still wearing flex handcuffs. “At some point today the detective bureau was processing him for an interview and he was able to manipulate our security system and escape the facility,” said Chief Clark.
Clark called in help from nearby police departments, the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department and the Illinois State Police. Officers used canine dogs to search vacant buildings but found no sign of the escape.
Taylor was arrested Wednesday night after a fight in a local business on Caseyville Rd. Officers determined he had illegal drugs and marijuana in his car.
Thursday afternoon Taylor was last seen on foot in the 20-hundred block of 55th Street. He is described as a black male, five feet six to five feet ten inches tall and wearing baggy pants and a black and yellow striped shirt.