Escaped Smith County inmate back behind bars
POSTED: Saturday, May 24, 2014 - 2:27pm
UPDATED: Saturday, May 24, 2014 - 2:31pm
A Smith County Jail inmate is back in custody after escaping from the Central Jail rooftop recreation yard at approximately 10:35 am this morning.
Inmate Adam Bowers, 34, was in custody for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and two charges of aggravated robbery.
Although the incident is still under investigation, it appears that other inmates on the recreation yard intentionally blocked the view of the yard detention officer while Bowers unraveled the wire on the recreation yard fence and slipped through a hole.
The inmate stripped off his jail uniform and ran across the roof and climbed down scaffolding that is in place as part of the jail construction project.
The recreation yard officer observed Bowers run across the roof and announced the escape via the jail radio system.
Jail staff pursued the inmate and recaptured Bowers 4 blocks north of the central jail.
During the foot pursuit, Bowers, armed with a hammer he acquired from the construction site near the jail, attempted to car jack at least three citizens, but was unsuccessful.
Bowers was surrounded by Smith County Jail staff and taken into custody at gunpoint without further incident.
No officers or the inmate sustained any significant injury during this incident.
Bowers was taken back to the jail by Tyler PD and will now face additional felony charges related to this incident.
Authorities are attempting to identify the victims of the attempted car jackings for additional information.
Smith County says it is reviewing jail policies to prevent an incident like this from happening again.