1 Jail Escapee Recaptured, 1 On the Lam

"Extremely dangerous" inmates were last accounted for Monday night

Wednesday, Nov 18, 2009  |  Updated 4:14 AM CDT
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Police say they have apprehended one of two men who escaped from the Peoria County Jail.

The two Peoria residents, 44-year-old James Fuller and 28-year-old Aaron Cook, were discovered missing early Tuesday morning. Peoria County Sheriff Mike McCoy said the men were last accounted for at 8 p.m. Monday, when they were locked in their cells for the night.

Cook was recaptured Tuesday afternoon in Peoria, and police were searching for a man fitting Fuller's description who broke into a home Tuesday afternoon.

McCoy says the two cut a hole in the ceiling of a cell, carved a hole in the concrete block roof, stood on a stack of books and got to the roof. From there, they used a rope fashioned from bedsheets tied together to rappel to the ground.

"It is very tough how they did it. Obviously, the roof is made of cement blocks. They went through cement blocks," Peoria County Sheriff Mike McCoy said Tuesday morning, according to the Peoria Journal Star.

The sheriff said both men are considered "extremely dangerous."

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