Officials: Geiger Escape Thwarted - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Officials: Geiger Escape Thwarted

KHQ.COM - A planned escape from the Geiger Corrections Center was thwarted Saturday when staff uncovered the plot and called in extra deputies to separate and move the inmate involved.

Lt. JoAnne Lake said information regarding the impending escape was developed about 7 p.m. Saturday.  She and Capt. John McGrath were notified and additional deputies were summoned from the main jail downtown.

The detentions services Crisis Response Team also responded to the West Plains facility as back-up for the regularly-scheduled corrections staff.

By 9:30 p.m., the primary suspect, 44-year-old Jeffery Krell had been isolated.  Eighty inmates were search and secured in the center's yard and a search of Krell's housing unit was begun.

A window in the suspect's unit had approximately 15 security screws removed and the upper glass was broken out.  Deputy Art DeFelice discovered a pair of pliers hidden inside a mop bucket.

Krell and another five inmates were moved to the more secure downtown jail and the incident was resolved shortly after midnight.

Krell is a Repeat Offender suspect, classified as one of the most active local criminals.  He is also armed career criminal-qualified with previous felony convictions for burglary, possession of stolen property, theft, and robbery vehicle theft.

In April, a 9mm semi-automatic pistol was found in a car he was driving.  He had been booked into jail Saturday on felony counts of First-Degree Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.

Geiger Corrections Center typically houses lower risk inmates serving out short-term sentences or awaiting trial for non-violent offenses.  The facility is a retired military barracks that was never intended to be a jail.

It has been modified over the years to function as an overflow housing facility for the main jail and to house post-conviction re-entry programs such as work release. 

 

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