Prisoner Escapes From Gregg County Jail - KTRE.com | Lufkin and Nacogdoches, Texas

08/20/05 - Longview

Prisoner Escapes From Gregg County Jail

A calculated run for freedom had one Gregg County inmate still at large Saturday night. It happened around 12:30 Saturday afternoon at the Gregg County sheriff's office.

Twice in the last two weeks, Longview police arrested 22-year-old Michael Afotey of Longview on assault with deadly weapon charges, and twice he bonded out. Afotey was being booked into jail on robbery charges today when he saw other cuffed inmates being transferred, and quietly walked into their group as they got on an elevator.

Police chased him into a wooded area at a nearby railway, but lost him in thick underbrush. An investigation will also begin into how Afotey was able to escape.

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