Violent cop beater escapes jail by wearing a coronavirus mask and posing as fellow prisoner who was due to be released – The Sun
AN INMATE allegedly escaped from jail on Saturday by posing as another inmate while wearing a face mask.
Jahquez Scott promised to pay fellow jailbird Quintin Henderson $1,000 to switch identities with him, according to the Cook County Sheriff's Office.
The 21-year-old switched hooded sweatshirts with, Henderson, who was set to be released without bail for a drug charge, Cook County sheriff's spokeswoman Sophia Ansari told WBBM Tuesday.
Scott, who had been locked up in Illinois on a weapons charge while on parole for beating up a cop, donned a face mask to complete the switch.
A federal judge ordered the Cook County Sheriff's office to provide masks for all inmates who are quarantined for any reason during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Jail staff knew something was fishy when the real Henderson went to give authorities at the Chicago jail information for his discharge and his paperwork was missing, deputies said.
Staff launched an internal investigation Tuesday evening as authorities searched for Scott.
Scott had originally had a $50,000 bond for unlawful use of a weapon and was going to be placed on electronic monitoring if he was able to pay the required 10 percent, the sheriff's office said.
Meanwhile, Henderson will remain behind bars and his bond was set at $25,000 at a hearing Tuesday on charges of aiding escape.
The 28-year-old feigned ignorance and asked correctional staff if his name had been called because he claimed to be sleeping, prosecutors said at a bail hearing on Tuesday.
He was ordered held without bond on charges of violating his bail bond on his original narcotics case, the sheriff's office said.
Scott was still at large Wednesday, according to the New York Post.
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