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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Escaped inmate back in custody

  • An inmate who reportedly escaped from the Leavenworth County Jail over the weekend was apprehended Monday, Sheriff’s Office officials said.
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  • An inmate who reportedly escaped from the Leavenworth County Jail over the weekend was apprehended Monday, Sheriff’s Office officials said.
    Raheem K. Armstead, 29, Leavenworth reportedly fled from the jail Saturday while taking trash to an outside receptacle. Armstead had been a trusty at the jail.
    He was taken into custody by members of the Sheriff’s Office around 11 a.m. Monday at a residence in the 700 block of 13th Terrace in Leavenworth, according to Undersheriff Ron Cranor.
    Capt. Andy Dedeke of the Sheriff’s Office said Armstead was taken into custody without incident.
    Dedeke said he couldn’t comment about what had led authorities to the residence on 13th Terrace.
    Another person was taken into custody at the residence Monday, but additional details about him were not released.
    Armstead had booked into the jail in June, according to Cranor.
    Armstead already has been sentenced to prison following a conviction in August for possession of methamphetamine and other charges. But he still has had a couple of other cases pending in Leavenworth County District Court, according to court records.
    Dedeke said taking garbage to the outside receptacle was part of Armstead’s regular duties. There was an officer escorting him when he reportedly ran away Saturday.
    Dedeke said the officer did not pursue Armstead because there were other inmates present.
    “The others had to be secured,” Dedeke said.
    Armstead reportedly had run from the Justice Center, which is where the jail is located, in a southwesterly direction.
    Dedeke said Monday that Armstead was secure in the jail and had lost his trusty status.
    Dedeke said it had been some time since someone last escaped from the Leavenworth Jail County. He said the last escape he could recall occurred when he was a rookie officer.
    Dedeke, who is the sheriff-elect, has been with the Sheriff’s Office for 20 years.

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