Captured jail escapee faces more charges

12:36 PM, Oct 25, 2011   |    comments
Vernon Lamont Collins
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St. Louis (KSDK) -- An inmate who escaped from the St. Louis Justice Center faces additional charges after being recaptured.

The St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office charged Vernon Lamont Collins with two counts of possessing cell phones, which is illegal while incarcerated.

According the probable cause statement, the cell phones were found in Collins' cell during a search on October 22.

The circuit attorney said Collins escaped from the Justice Center in April by crawling through an access panel in the ceiling, breaking a window and scaling down the building using bed sheets. He was caught hours later.

Investigator said he was originally jailed for allegedly shooting a police officer while the officer was investigating a stabbing in March.  He was charged with assault of a law enforcement officer, armed criminal action, assault, and disarming a police officer.


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