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Police search for jail escapee

January 04, 2006|by PEPPER BALLARD

Police in Easton, Pa., are seeking the public's help to find a Hagerstown man who escaped from a county jail there in November.

William Scott, 22, escaped from Northampton County Prison on Nov. 6, said Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Dan Steele, public information officer for Troop M Bethlehem.

Scott, whose last known address was in the 100 block of West Church Street in Hagerstown, was serving a one- to two-year sentence on drug charges, Steele said.

Steele said Scott has relatives in the Hagerstown area.

Scott is described as a black man, about 5 feet 11 inches tall and about 260 pounds. At the time of his escape, Scott had long black hair and a beard. Scott has a tattoo of "William" on his lower left arm and a tattoo of "Bill" on his right arm, Steele said.

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Steele said Scott had been held pending trial on drug charges at Northampton County Prison since April 2005. He was sentenced on the charges in the Northampton County Court of Common Pleas on Oct. 19, 2005, and escaped from the jail on Nov. 6, 2005, Steele said.

The jail is in the state's Lehigh Valley, about an hour north of Philadelphia, Steele said.

On the evening of Nov. 6, Scott, who worked in the prison laundry room, was seen by another inmate trying to use what might have been a metal bucket to break open a glass security door, Steele said. By the time correctional officers got to the laundry room, Scott had escaped, Steele said.

Steele asks anyone with information about Scott's whereabouts to call Lehigh Valley Crime Stoppers at 1-800-426-TIPS. Steele said tipsters may remain anonymous and are eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to Scott's arrest.

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