Police arrest inmate who escaped through ceiling

Laterrious Bell (source: Louisville Metro Department of Corrections)
Laterrious Bell (source: Louisville Metro Department of Corrections)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Police have located the man who escaped from the Hall of Justice through the ceiling last week.

Col. John Aubrey with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department says the U.S. Marshal's Service and other law enforcement agencies have been searching for Bell since he escaped last week. He says numerous tips and investigative work led them to Bell, who was arrested around 12:15 p.m. Monday in the parking lot of the Wal-Mart on Bashford Manor Lane and Bardstown Road.

Bell was waiting to see a judge in a holding room at the Hall of Justice on June 21 around 10:30 a.m. A deputy left him alone for a few moments, and Bell was gone when he returned.

He apparently removed a barrier and climbed through the ceiling. He was not wearing handcuffs or a jail jumpsuit.

Police say Bell exited the building through a prosecutor's office on the other side of the cell, and say Ashley Tussey picked Bell up and drove him to her residence.

Police tracked Bell to Tussey's apartment building. According to police, Tussey admitted to helping Bell. She was arrested and appeared pleaded not guilty to complicity on June 22.

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