Gary jail escapee turns himself in

2013-11-23T20:37:00Z 2013-11-23T23:49:05Z Gary jail escapee turns himself inDeborah Laverty deborah.laverty@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223 nwitimes.com

GARY | A Gary man who assaulted two police officers and escaped while being taken to the Lake County Jail on Friday was back in police custody Saturday morning, an official said.

Jamal Haskins, 21, turned himself in at 11:46 a.m. at the Gary Public Safety Facility, Gary police Cpl. Gabrielle King said.

King said Haskins likely faces additional charges including battery on a law enforcement official and escape.

Haskins attacked officers who were loading him on the back of a transport van outside Gary City Court, King said. He allegedly kicked one officer in the leg and pushed another to the ground.

Haskins ran off, with a silver handcuff still dangling from one wrist, police said.

He escaped about 1:30 p.m. Friday, and police immediately launched a manhunt in the surrounding area.

The injured officers, both 47-year-old department veterans, were taken to Methodist Hospitals Northlake Campus to be treated. King didn't know their conditions Saturday, but their injuries were not considered life-threatening.

Minutes before escaping, Haskins had appeared before Gary City Court Judge Diedra Monroe, police said. Monroe was checking to see if he was complying with a program that allows mentally ill defendants to avoid prosecution if they receive treatment.

He told Monroe he had not been meeting with counselors at Edgewater Systems for Better Living, a provider of behavioral health care services.

Since Haskins failed to meet the court-ordered obligation, Monroe dropped him from the program, restored the criminal charge against him and sentenced him to one year in jail.

Haskins broke free in the parking lot while Gary Police Department officers escorted him and other prisoners to a van that was bound for the Lake County Jail in Crown Point. He was the only prisoner who escaped, King said.

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