Prison Inmate Tries to Escape

Prison Inmate Tries to Escape

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POINT OF THE MOUNTAIN, Utah (AP) -- A prison inmate was spotted going over one fence, then got cut while trying to scale a second and tried unsuccessfully to melt into the general prison population.

The 800 inmates in the Wasatch Correctional Facility were placed on lockdown about 2:45 p.m. Sunday after guards and visitors saw the man climbing a 10-foot barbed-wire fence, Corrections spokesman Jack Ford.

Either because of the cuts he suffered trying to scale the second razor-wire fence or because he realized he had been seen, he went back into prison building, officials said.

As the prisoners were being checked to see if any were missing, the escapee was picked out because of his wounds.

Ford identified him as Anthony Winfrey, who was admitted in 1997 to serve time for aggravated robbery and theft.

Ford said the inmate needed to go over three fences to get out.

"He didn't even come close to getting out of the facility," he said.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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