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Escaped inmate apparently got help to falsify his name

CINCINNATI (Jeff Hirsh) -- The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office has released new information about an inmate who escaped from the Justice Center.

Detectives said 20-year old Chris Bowden conspired to falsify his name and was released from the jail Monday.  A second inmate, Darius Dabney, was charged with complicity for allegedly helping Bowden.  Dabney was in jail for a less serious crime, marijuana trafficking.

Bowden was recently sentenced to 10 years in prison on an aggravated robbery charges. He was at the jail awaiting another court appearance set for Tuesday.  Bowden assumed the identity of 21-year-old Darius Dabney and escaped around 5:50p.m. Tuesday afternoon.

Maj. Charmaine McGuffey, the jail supervisor, said, "Basically what he did, he falsified information.  Based on that falsified information we did release him."

Two hours later it was discovered Bowden was missing and shortly after that officials figured out he had been masquerading as another inmate.  Officials said at least five jail employees saw the paperwork.  There was  no evidence any jail worker was involved in the escape plan.

Hamilton County chief deputy sheriff, Mark Schoonover, said, "We are absolutely looking at our policies and procedures.  That's a separate investigation.  Once that investigation is concluded if any changes are required they will be implemented."

The sheriff's office has issued escape warrants for Bowden's arrest. He should be considered armed and dangerous.




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