Posted by Mike Dever - email
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Police are still looking for a man who escaped from a holding room in the Hall of Justice in downtown Louisville early Tuesday - and police now say he had an accomplice.
Major Chris Hancock says Laterrious Bell was placed in the room around 10:30 June 21 while waiting for a judge. He was not in handcuffs or wearing a jail jumpsuit.
When a deputy checked on Bell a few minutes later, he was gone after apparently removing a barrier and climbing through the ceiling.
Hancock explained what happened while reviewing surveillance video.
"This mesh tile is spot welded along this rail," Hancock said. "He was able to pop the welds on that mesh covering, push it through the ceiling and crawl out of the holdover cell through the ceiling."
Bell exited the building through a prosecutor's office on the other side of the cell. Police say 19-year-old Ashley Tussey picked Bell up and drove him to her residence on Quail Hollow Road.
Police tracked Bell to Tussey's apartment building, but say he was hiding downstairs and had time to get away before officers found him.
According to police, Tussey admitted to helping Bell after text messages from Bell were found on her cell phone. She was arrested and appeared in court Wednesday morning. She pleaded not guilty to complicity.
Police say Bell is dangerous, so if you see him or know where he is, you're asked to call the anonymous LMPD crime tipline at 574-LMPD (574-5673).