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Robbery parolee escapes from court holding cell

September 28, 2004

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— A parolee held on state robbery charges escaped through a ceiling in a Municipal Court holding cell, authorities said.

Police identified the escapee as Mark D. McClough, 37, and said he apparently crawled through the third-floor ceiling Monday, shed his orange jail jumpsuit and at least part of his leg shackles.

McClough dropped from the ceiling near the judge's chambers and left City Hall before 11 a.m., said police spokeswoman Janet Johnson. No shackles were found, but the jumpsuit was not torn.

A witness said McClough was wearing a gray shirt and gray shorts. Officials discovered that he was missing about 20 minutes later, the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office said.

Municipal Court officials were immediately working to make design changes to "make sure that nothing like this will ... happen again," Johnson said.

Charges against McClough include three counts of aggravated robbery and one count of cocaine possession. He was accused of robbing an adult video store and a convenience store, according to police reports.

He had been taken from the county jail to the Municipal Court holding cell at City Hall to face a misdemeanor drug paraphernalia charge. Johnson said police could not recall another escape from the holding cell.

On July 19, the Kansas Department of Corrections issued a warrant for McClough for failing to report to his parole officer. He was in custody the next day, facing new felony charges, Corrections Department spokesman Bill Miskell said.

McClough's parole had been revoked twice since 1999, and he was last released from prison in January, records show.

He was on parole for 1985 and 1991 aggravated robbery convictions and had been sentenced to 13 to 45 years.

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