Inmate uses fire extinguisher, hose to make brief escape

Telford prison in New Boston. Photo credit: Shelby Knowles for The Texas Tribune

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — An inmate at a North Texas county jail used a fire extinguisher and a fire hose to escape before being quickly captured on Tuesday, authorities said.

The inmate, 39-year-old Jeremiah Stevenson, used the fire extinguisher and hose to escape through a fifth-floor window at the Lon Evans Corrections Center in Fort Worth at around 3:40 a.m. on Tuesday, according to the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office.

Stevenson was captured about 20 minutes after his escape. Authorities said Stevenson was injured during his escape and he was taken to an area hospital for treatment.

Stevenson was being held at the county jail on charges of aggravated robbery, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, evading arrest or detention and indecent exposure.

The sheriff’s office says he is now expected to face additional charges related to his escape attempt.

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