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Inmates face charges in jail escape

Thursday, February 23, 2006
Chicago Sun-Times
by ASSOCIATED PRESS

Seven inmates were charged Thursday in an escape earlier this month from the Cook County Jail that has led to charges against a guard accused of aiding the jailbreak, authorities said.
Six of the inmates escaped around midnight Saturday, Feb. 11. The seventh, Patrell Doss, is charged with aiding an escape and attempted escape, but never left the jail, said Tom Stanton, a spokesman for the Cook County State's Attorney's office.
Police in suburban Oak Park captured Arnold Joyner, 43, of Chicago and David Earnest, 38 about six hours after the escape. A third inmate, Michael McIntosh, 30, of Chicago, was arrested on Chicago's South Side that Sunday evening.
The other three inmates were arrested after fleeing to an apartment in suburban Cicero. Francisco Romero, 23, Chicago, surrendered around midnight Sunday. The last two-- Eric Bernard, 22, of Chicago and Tyrone Everhart, 28, of suburban Markham-- surrendered just hours later.
All six men were charged Thursday with escape, aggravated arson, aggravated battery and possession of contraband in a penal institution. They were scheduled to appear in bond court Friday afternoon.
McIntosh, Romero, Bernard and Everhart each face an additional residential burglary charge. And Romero, Bernard and Everhart also are charged with home invasion in connection with their attempt to hide out at the Cicero apartment.
A guard who was on duty during the prison break-- Darin Gater-- has been charged with several felony counts for allegedly helping orchestrate the plot. Gater told investigators he wanted to influence the upcoming sheriff's election by embarrassing outgoing Cook County Sheriff Michael Sheahan, sheriff's officials have said.
Gater has proclaimed his innocence, and his attorneys have claimed the statements he gave to investigators after the incident were coerced.



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