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Escaped inmate from temporary KC jail remains at-large

Posted at 9:22 PM, Sep 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-21 22:49:33-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — One of two inmates who escaped from a temporary local jail remains on the loose.

The Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department said officers were dispatched around 9:19 a.m. on Saturday morning to the Heartland Center for Behavior Change at 1514 Campbell St.

Two inmates — Jeffrey Young, 36, and Robert M. Taylor, 33 — had escaped from the facility, which KCPD started using in June after negotiations for the continued use of the Jackson County Detention Center stalled.

According to KCPD, officers located Young about 13 minutes after the escape in a nearby parking garage at East 22nd and Holmes streets. He was taken into custody, but officers were unable to locate Taylor.

Taylor was in jail on a range of municipal charges and will face additional charges related to the escape.

Anyone who knows Taylor’s whereabouts is urged to call 911 or the KCPD main number at 816-234-5111.

Young and Taylor are not the first inmates to escape from the temporary facility nor is this the first sign of trouble at the Heartland Center.