Douglas County Inmate Escapes Custody, Arrested Again

Created: 01/10/2014 10:46 PM

The Duluth Police Department says that a Douglas County inmate was able to escape custody for about an hour Thursday morning before being apprehended again.

Authorities say just before 10:30 a.m., 48-year-old Jeffery Scott Montana allegedly assauledt a transport correctional officer and fled on foot in the Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center parking ramp.

Police say an officer noticed a broken window at the rear of an apartment building in the 300 block of North 3rd Avenue East. Officers began a search inside and located the inmate hiding in a utility room.

He was arrested without incident and transported to St. Louis County Jail.

Montana was previously being held on charges for allegedly punching an 84-year-old woman in Superior and robbing her in August.

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