Prison protocols to be reviewed after escape

Raehib Hankerson escaped via a fence.
Raehib Hankerson escaped via a fence.
Posted: September 06, 2014

Montgomery County prison officials are investigating Tuesday's inmate escape to determine whether any safety protocols were broken or inadequate.

Sometime after noon Monday, Raehib Hankerson was outside in a secured yard, where he "was able to manipulate the wire fencing . . . crawl through the fence, and escape," the District Attorney's Office said in a news release.

County detectives and four local police departments went searching for Hankerson. He was found about two hours later in a wooded area near Eagleville Road and Ridge Pike, the District Attorney's Office said.

Hankerson was charged Wednesday with escape, a third-degree felony.

Commissioners Chairman Josh Shapiro said Thursday that he was not prepared to comment on the incident or whether any disciplinary action would be taken at the prison.

"We take this very, very seriously," he said. "Almost immediately after the incident closed, we jumped on it right away to review."

The results of that investigation should be made public early next week, Shapiro said.

Hankerson has a long rap sheet dating to 2007, including drug and gun charges, assault, and burglary. Most charges were dropped or pleaded down. He pleaded guilty in 2012 to a single count of drug possession with intent to deliver.

On Aug. 24, he was sent to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility for a state probation violation, prison records show.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled Sept. 10.


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