Hoosegow Houdini: Prisoner Escapes Los Angeles Jail by Walking Out

Christopher Lee Brown, 37, was being sought after escaping from jail on March 12, 2014. (Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department)

Christopher Lee Brown, 37. Photo: Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

KTLA 5‘s Melissa Pamer reports: A county jail inmate who escaped from the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in downtown Los Angeles after a security lapse prompted a search on Thursday, authorities said.

“…Brown, who had been sentenced on Wednesday to four years and eight months in jail for stealing computers from a medical center, was able to impersonate another inmate and escape…”

cr13-6668“As a result of the inmate’s actions, and that it appears that mandated security practices may not have been followed, the inmate was able to escape through the jail Inmate Reception Center release area door,” Parker said in a news release issued about five hours after the escape was first announced on Twitter. “Identified security concerns were immediately remedied.”Christopher Lee Brown, 37, walked out of the release area in the jail about 10 p.m. Wednesday after staff apparently failed to follow security practices, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Capt. Mike Parker said.

Brown, who had been sentenced on Wednesday to four years and eight months in jail for stealing computers from a medical center, was able to impersonate another inmate and escape, Parker said.

The legendary Harry Houdini

The legendary Harry Houdini

An inmate wristband count during the night revealed Brown was “not where he was supposed to be,” and a subsequent search and surveillance video revealed Brown had left through the “release area” at 10 p.m., the news release stated.

The Inmate Reception Center, Twin Towers and Men’s Central Jail were placed on lockdown throughout the day Thursday, according to the release. A “comprehensive review of jail systems,” especially those related to releases, was ongoing, Parker said in the release.

County jails have been the focus of a continuing federal investigation into inmate abuse that prompted charges against nearly 20 sheriff’s officials late last year.

Brown’s escape from jail was first made public in tweets that were sent out by Parker and other sheriff’s officials at about noon Thursday. Parker described Brown as a “transient.”

Brown was being held at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility when he escaped, according to online inmate records. He was described as 6 feet 3 inches tall and 200 pounds.

Brown was wanted for felony escape from a jail facility, according to the Sheriff’s Department…Read more >>>

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KTLA’s Christina Pascucci contributed to this article.


One Comment on “Hoosegow Houdini: Prisoner Escapes Los Angeles Jail by Walking Out”

  1. […] Pundit from another Planet KTLA 5‘s Melissa Pamer reports: A county jail inmate who escaped from the Twin Towers […]


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