May 27, 2018
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Escapee from Washington County Jail caught quickly in Machias

By Sharon Kiley Mack, BDN Staff

MACHIAS, Maine — An Indian Township man enjoyed only about an hour of freedom Sunday morning after he escaped from the custody of Washington County Jail guards.

Allen Hold, 20, fled while wearing bright orange prison garb about 9:30 a.m. and was captured just after 10:30 a.m. less than a quarter of a mile from the jail.

Hold bolted from guards while walking back to the jail from the sheriff’s office after being interviewed, according to Sheriff Donnie Smith. Hold had claimed he had been assaulted by fellow prisoners last week, and Smith said he was being interviewed about that accusation.

Hold was being held in jail prior to a court appearance on charges of domestic violence. Smith said Hold had only been in jail for two days. Since he was not considered a flight risk or violent, he was not in handcuffs or shackles while going back to the jail.

Law enforcement from the Machias Police Department, the Washington County Sheriff’s Department and the Maine State Police quickly set up a perimeter around the jail area. All outgoing roads were blocked, vehicles were stopped by police, and at least two dogs were used in the search.

About an hour after the search began, Hold was discovered in the Water Street area, just several streets from the jail. He was pepper-sprayed and taken into custody.

Smith said Hold will be on special watch for a period of time. Charges of escape will likely be lodged. Charges of filing a false report involving the assault allegation may also be lodged against him, Smith said, as the investigation revealed Hold’s accusations were unfounded.

The last escape from custody at Washington County Jail was in 2006. “It was nearly the same scenario,” Smith said.

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