Hamilton County Sheriff provides update on escaped inmates

The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office gave an update Monday about two prisoners who escaped over the weekend. At the press conference, Hamilton County Sheriff Charmaine McGuffey said released a video showing how inmate Patrick Thomas escaped from the Talbert House on Sunday. Officials said Thomas escaped from the third floor of the facility after he used a chair to break a window. Thomas then used a string of bedsheets to climb out the window and lower himself to the street. The video shows Thomas turning the corner before running out of sight. The sheriff’s office said the window was in a part of the facility away from the general population. “A woman who had happened by — I don’t know if it was in her vehicle or walking — but she came into the Talbert House, the secure area there, to address the officer and said, uhm, I think someone just escaped from your facility,” McGuffey said at the press conference. Thomas is still at large, officials confirmed Monday. Thomas is described as 5 feet, 6 inches tall, approximately 160 pounds and has the letter “P” tattooed on his forehead.Deputies said Thomas may be injured from his escape. Authorities said Thomas was being held at the Talbert House on a warrant from Kenton County. Watch the full press conference in the player below. Another inmate, 42-year-old James C. Johnson, escaped UC Medical Center Sunday morning.Deputies confirmed Johnson was taken into custody late Monday afternoon without incident. Two other inmates who blended in with those about to be released and walked away from intake at the Justice Center in June are now back in custody, generating other changes in procedure, officials said. “When prisoners are released, they’re going to stand in particular spots and we’ve put a limit on the amount of prisoners that we will release at one time to five,” McGuffey said. violated policy or procedure. She said veteran deputies are retiring and newer officers need more training about surveillance and the experience that comes with that.

The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office gave an update Monday about two prisoners who escaped over the weekend.

At the press conference, Hamilton County Sheriff Charmaine McGuffey said released a video showing how inmate Patrick Thomas escaped from the Talbert House on Sunday.

Officials said Thomas escaped from the third floor of the facility after he used a chair to break a window.

Thomas then used a string of bedsheets to climb out the window and lower himself to the street.

The video shows Thomas turning the corner before running out of sight.

The sheriff’s office said the window was in a part of the facility away from the general population.

“A woman who had happened by — I don’t know if it was in her vehicle or walking — but she came into the Talbert House, the secure area there, to address the officer and said, uhm, I think someone just escaped from your facility,” McGuffey said at the press conference.


Thomas is still at large, officials confirmed Monday.

Thomas is described as 5 feet, 6 inches tall, approximately 160 pounds and has the letter “P” tattooed on his forehead.

Deputies said Thomas may be injured from his escape.

Authorities said Thomas was being held at the Talbert House on a warrant from Kenton County.

Watch the full press conference in the player below.

Another inmate, 42-year-old James C. Johnson, escaped UC Medical Center Sunday morning.

Deputies confirmed Johnson was taken into custody late Monday afternoon without incident.

Two other inmates who blended in with those about to be released and walked away from intake at the Justice Center in June are now back in custody, generating other changes in procedure, officials said.

“When prisoners are released, they’re going to stand in particular spots and we’ve put a limit on the amount of prisoners that we will release at one time to five,” McGuffey said.

McGuffey said she does not think any staff members violated policy or procedure.

She said veteran deputies are retiring and newer officers need more training about surveillance and the experience that comes with that.

The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information about the whereabouts of Patrick Thomas to notify them immediately.

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