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Prison inmate escapes out window, gets captured in field in Lincoln

Prison inmate escapes out window, gets captured in field in Lincoln. (MGN)

An inmate escaped from the Community Corrections Center - Lincoln shortly before midnight on Friday. Police say Frederick Patterson broke a window to get outside and then climbed the fence to leave the property. Lincoln Police Department, Lancaster Sheriff's Office, and the Nebraska State Patrol responded to emergency calls and captured Patterson.

Earlier Friday, Patterson had tested positive for methamphetamine. When staff members were attempting to restrain him, he tried to exit the facility door. When that didn't work, he became aggressive, throwing items and trying to hit staff members. He then used an object to break a window, through which he exited the facility into the fenced yard area. He climbed the fence and ran from the facility. Police, Sheriff and Patrol personnel caught him in a cornfield next to the CCC-L property. Patterson was treated at a local hospital for minor injuries sustained during the escape and was transported to the Lincoln Correctional Center where he will be held pending investigation. No staff members were injured in the incident.

Patterson is serving 18 to 38 years for Robbery, Theft, Criminal Mischief and Fleeing to Avoid Arrest committed in Douglas County and is scheduled for a parole hearing in September. He has a tentative release date of February 15, 2020.

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