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Inmate Uses Bedsheets to Escape from Prison

If there is one thing that Joshua Duane Barnes is really good at, it’s being a masterful escape artist.  The only downside is getting caught in the act.  According to a recent news article, 21 year-old Barnes escaped from a medical unit within the Potter County Detention Center in Amarillo, TX.

Third Time is the Charm

This isn’t the first time that Barnes has escaped from prison.  In fact, Barnes has escaped from custody twice before.  Barnes’ first break from custody came in June of 2008 when he fled the county courthouse shortly after being asked to take the stand during a probation violation.  His next escape came in October of 2008 when Barnes fled from the county jail recreational yard after jumping onto a roof and using it as leverage to gain access to the fence.  In both instances, Barnes was found four days later, hiding out at motels. [source]

With regards to Barnes’ most recent prison break; according to a spokesman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Barnes had engaged in a physical altercation with another inmate and was being held in a special offender unit for the injuries that he had sustained.  He was alone in a locked room when officers performed a routine check and discovered that Barnes was missing.  Upon closer inspection of the room, there was a hole in the wall.

ABC News reports:

Authorities believe Barnes cut a hole through the room’s sheetrock to reach a portion of the window blocked by the wall and then, after busting through the half-inch to inch-thick glass, tied bedsheets together to rappel from the seventh-story room to the roof of another building about five floors below. [source]

This time around, Texas and other federal authorities are hoping that they can round up Barnes for good.  However, there is much criticism circulating around the fact that this is the third time Barnes has gotten away.  One would like to think that the security at the prison would’ve been beefed up a little by now.

Apparently, not enough.

If he is apprehended,  Barnes (who is currently serving a 35-year sentence for multiple burglaries as well as aggravated assault) will certainly have plenty of years left to practice his great escapes.

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