5-year-old girl who police had thought might be with a convicted murderer who escaped from Kankakee County jail has been found, but authorities are still searching for the man, police said. [Chicago Tribune]
The Kankakee County Sheriff’s Office has issued an alert Wednesday for Savannah Bell. They said she “may be in the company” of Kamron T. Taylor, but confirmed a little before 4 p.m. that she had been found. More details were expected to be released later.
The 23-year-old Taylor was awaiting sentencing when authorities say he beat a guard into unconsciousness, taking his keys and uniform and speeding off in his SUV early Wednesday.
Chief Deputy Ken McCabe had said police were not sure of the relationship between the girl and Taylor, but that she should be considered in danger.
Police say Taylor should be considered armed and dangerous.
Also Wednesday afternoon, Kankakee County Sheriff Tim Bukowski blamed a breakdown in the county jail’s security system for Taylor’s early morning escape, which has led to local schools being on “soft lockdown.”
Taylor, convicted in February and scheduled to be sentenced in May, overwhelmed a correctional officer around 3 a.m. during a routine check of the pod containing Taylor’s cell at the Jerome Combs Detention Center, Bukowski said during an 11 a.m. news conference.
Taylor somehow had escaped from a two-person cell after the last security check and hid in waiting. The 38-year-old officer, a 10-year employee who had been at work since 11 p.m. was attacked from the side, choked and hit in the head, disabling him. Taylor stripped the officer, donned his uniform and managed to fool employees monitoring the three doors that stood between him and freedom. Bukowski said both men are African American and approximately the same build.
Taylor exited the facility at 3:12 a.m., located the officer’s car using a fob on the set of keys he’d stolen, and drove away, abandoning the car in the 12000 block of South Lincoln Avenue about 8:30 a.m. Investigators are questioning Taylor’s relatives and associates in the area, as well as inmates in the pod who were awakened by the struggle. They are also reviewing video related to Taylor’s escape.
Bukowski estimated 40 minutes passed before the semi-conscious officer was discovered on the floor. “He was in and out of consciousness, unable to understand questions put to him,” Bukowski said.”