Update: 3:28 p.m. Jan. 3:
Authorities blame human error for Monday nightâ??s escape from the Boone County Jail.
Sheriffâ??s administrators say one of their jail officers was distracted when Michael Allred, 25, ran away before being captured.
Jail officials said the brief escape will not result in any drastic policy changes.
Allred had the privilege of taking out the garbage under supervision at the Boone County Jail as a trustee. Allred abused that privilege when he ran away. A guard helped Allred load garbage instead of keeping a close eye on the trustee. Allred got about an 8 second head start on foot and disappeared into some nearby woods. While on the run, Allred changed his clothes and used a cell phone to contact a female friend. The friend set up a meeting with Allred. She told authorities Allred was in a silver car in grocery store parking lot near the jail. Thatâ??s when the 2-hour-and-7-minute escape ended.
Jail Administrator Chief Warren Brewer said, â??I think that we will find out that it was a little bit of human error. The distraction of the officer is what caused it. I think it was a crime looking for opportunity. The opportunity presented itself. That was the cause of it.â??
Allred escaped just one day before he was to appear in court. He remains in jail on a total bond of $220,000 with charges of escaping from custody and felony stealing, burglary and forgery.
Allred has not been violent while being in the Boone County Jail since July. He became a trustee last month. Authorities said the public was never at risk during Allredâ??s escape.
Brewer said the last time someone tried to escape from the Boone County Jail was about 10 years ago.
An outside trustee without supervision briefly escaped after trying to get away on a riding lawnmower.
Update: 10:45 a.m. Jan. 3: The investigation continues Tuesday morning regarding the escape of a Boone County inmate Monday night.
Officers captured Michael Allred around 9:45 p.m. after he escaped shortly after 7:30 p.m.Allred is scheduled for multiple court events for Tuesday afternoon on charges for previous crimes.He has a court trial scheduled for Tuesday afternoon on three misdemeanor charges of theft/stealing less than $500. He also has three preliminary hearings scheduled for Tuesday afternoon in Boone County Court. Those hearings stem from a 2nd degree burglary charge, a forgery charge and a theft/stealing charge of an amount that is more than $500 and less than $25,000.Online court records show the charges stem from crimes that occurred from July-November 2011. Update: 10:50 p.m. Jan. 2: Allred was captured around 9:45 p.m. in a Moser's parking lot on Highway 63. He was in a silver Honda.Allred is no longer a Boone County Jail trustee. Update: 10:00 p.m. Jan. 2: Authorities have captured Michael Allred after he escaped from the Boone County Jail while on trash duty.Boone County officials said Allred was one of two inmates taking out trash under the supervision of one correctional officer. They said Allred waited for the officer to be distracted and then escaped.The incident happened at 7:30 p.m. Monday.Update: 8:45 p.m. Jan. 2:
Commanding officers are not available, but personnel at the jail confirm the inmate missing is Michael Allred. A search on online court records shows someone with that name facing recent charges for burglary. That Michael Allred also faced a theft charge earlier in 2011 and lists his home as the streets of Columbia.
Details are few, but law enforcement in Boone County is looking for someone who escaped from the jail. Authorities will not say how the person was being held when they got away from custody. We are told a full scale search is being conducted in the area of the jail north of Columbia off Highway 63 in the Prathersville area. KRCG has a crew on the way and will update the story online and on air.