NEW ALBANY – An inmate who fled from an office in the Union County Jail was recaptured within minutes of his escape.
“An investigator had him in his office, questioning him about a church burglary, and he ran out the back door,” said Sheriff Tommy Wilhite. “We caught him about five minutes later.”
Robert J. Young, 26, of 110 Twin Creeks Trailer Court in New Albany, was already in jail on a charge related to the burglary of Enterprise Baptist Church. The escape occurred mid-morning, Wilhite said – sometime between 9:30 and 10 a.m., Wilhite said.
Chief Deputy Jimmy Edwards chased the inmate on foot while several other officers gave chase in vehicles. Wilhite was first to catch up with Young and tackled him near Oak Street and Central Avenue, about two blocks from the jail.
“He didn’t say a word,” Wilhite said.
Young was on probation for embezzlement under contract when he was arrested on the burglary charge, Wilhite said.
A conviction for escape can add up to five years to his original sentence.
NEMS Daily Journal