PAYETTEE, Idaho (CNN/KBOI) — An inmate is on the loose after escaping from an Idaho jail Tuesday morning, and the entire escape was caught on camera. This is jail surveillance video that police say shows 27-year-old Nicholas Grove scaling the fence around the Payette County Jail’s recreation yard — then bolting to freedom.
“And within seconds, he was able to scale over and through that razor wire and to the other side before the detention deputy was able to get to him,” said Payettee County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Andy Creech.
Creech says the detention deputy was just inside the open cafeteria door, about 50 feet away, when Grove made his move. Officers gave chase, but the inmate got away and immediately became the focus of a manhunt involving several law enforcement agencies.
Police say Grove, from Ontario, Ore., had been in the Payette County Jail since Aug. 15, charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, carrying a concealed weapon without a permit, and possession of burglary tools. Police say it took about 15 seconds for Grove to climb the fence and go over the razor wire, but officers say he did cut himself as he went over. Still, it’s unclear how badly he may have been hurt.
Because the escape happened in broad daylight, the question is: How could this have happened? The Payette County Sheriff’s Office is wondering the same thing.
“The Sheriff’s Office is going to review the facility here and the recreation yard and see what we can do from preventing this from happening again,” said Creech.
The last time an inmate went over the fence some 10 years ago, he cut himself so badly on the razor wire he never got far. Not this time.