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By Carmen Ensinger
The thought of an endless supply of bologna sandwiches for lunch as an inmate at the Greene County Jail was apparently more than a potential Scott County prisoner could face as he decided to make a run for it the moment the Scott County Deputy opened the squad car door.
According to Greene County Sheriff Rob McMillen, on Sunday, April 10, at approximately 11:30 p.m., a Scott County Sheriff’s Department deputy arrived at the Greene County Jail with Tony L. Henson, 34, of Jacksonville, in custody.
“Mr. Henson had been arrested in Scott County for Criminal Trespass to Land and was going to be incarcerated in the Greene County Jail for that offense,” McMillen said. “Upon his arrival at the jail, he was being removed from the transport vehicle by the deputy and immediately ran from the deputy as he was being escorted to the jail.”
Henson was secured in handcuffs at the time of his arrests and transport, however he was able to elude the deputy, who engaged in a brief foot pursuit with Henson.
Law enforcement agencies from the Scott County Sheriff’s Department, Greene County Sheriff’s Department, along with the Carrollton, White Hall and Roodhouse Police Departments as well as the Illinois State Police began a mobile and foot search of the area where Henson was last seen.
The Police K-9 unit was also brought in as well as the Illinois State Police aircraft which was specially equipped with heat sensing equipment. The aircraft made pass after pass around Carrollton during the early morning hours of Monday morning searching for Henson.
“The officers responded to several reports from residents seeing Mr. Henson running on foot in areas near Boyd Hospital,” McMillen said. “He was located early Monday morning at approximately 6:33 a.m. hiding underneath a porch of a residence on Maple St. in Carrollton.”
Henson was immediately taken into custody and transported to the Greene County Jail where he was lodged.
In addition to the Criminal Trespass Charge in Scott County that Henson is facing, he is now also facing a misdemeanor Escape charge in Greene County Circuit Court. He is scheduled for arraignment on that charge on April 27 at 9 a.m.