Archive for Tuesday, June 5, 1990


June 5, 1990


— A man who escaped from the Leavenworth County Jail on Sunday night by posing as another inmate scheduled to be released was captured early this morning by Leavenworth County Police.

Capt. Mitch Boyle said Richard H. Strong, 30, of Leavenworth was captured without incident about 2:30 a.m. today at an apartment complex in southeast Leavenworth where he was living before he was first arrested.

He was discovered missing about 5:20 p.m. Sunday.

Boyle said the department was acting on a tip that Strong had returned to his former residence. Officers immediately surrounded the apartment complex and arrested Strong when he came out, Boyle said.

Strong was first arrested by Leavenworth police Saturday on suspicion of burglary, Boyle said. He also escaped briefly that night before being caught and taken to the county jail, Boyle said.

A sheriff's department representative said the agency is conducting an internal investigation to determine how the man got out Sunday night. Officials also are discussing whether to file charges against another jail inmate who may have helped Strong escape.

Boyle said Strong was returned to the county jail, where he was waiting to appear in court late this morning.

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