Escape Attempt Foiled in Hospital Parking Garage 8/2/12
UPDATE 3:55 pm ****Editor's Note: The Following is a newsrelease from the Ector County Sheriff's Office.
On 08-02-2012 at 1:06 pm Ector County Sheriff’s Detention officers were attempting to load an inmate Michael Barnes W/M 12-09-1978, into the Jail van at Medical Center Hospital 500 W. 4th. Inmate Barnes managed to slip out of his cuffs, and took off running towards the parking garage. The Detention officer managed to catch Barnes at that point and pulled his taser on Barnes. A struggle ensued where Michael Barnes managed to take the taser from the Officer, pointing the taser at the officer. Barnes then ran through the parking garage of Medical Center Hospital. Barnes saw a lady parking her vehicle on the west side of Washington St. just south of 6th street. Barnes then ran towards the lady and was attempting to pull the lady from her vehicle to take it. Another citizen observed the Officer chasing Barnes and witnessed Barnes attempting to remove the lady from her vehicle. The citizen managed to pull Barnes from the vehicle and assisted officers in detaining Barnes.
Barnes was taken into custody and charged with Escape F-2, investigation on going and other charges, will be filed.
Barnes was originally in the Ector County Detention Center for the offense of Possession of Controlled Substance a State Jail Felony
Felony Probation Violation Midland County Warrant
DWLI B Midland County Warrant
CBS 7 Staff Reports
ODESSA – An escape attempt was almost immediately stopped this afternoon in the Medical Center Hospital parking garage.
According the Sheriff Mark Donaldson, an inmate was taken to the hospital to get checked out.
As the deputy was escorting the prisoner back to the patrol car, the prisoner, who was fully cuffed and shackled, tried to run away from the deputy.
The deputy grabbed the prisoner and was trying to put the prisoner back in the car when the prisoner got a hand free and began wrestling with deputy. The prisoner got the taser away from the deputy.
A private citizen saw what was happening and drove around.
The prisoner was pointing the taser at the deputy but was not able to fire it and started to run away again while still in cuffs and shackles.
The Prisoner got into a different car. The citizen and the deputy pulled the prisoner out of the car and back into the patrol car.
The prisoner now faces escape charges.
The name of the prisoner has not yet been released.