Man who escaped from Madison jail still at large

Posted July 10, 2012, at 6:37 p.m.

MADISON, Maine — The Skowhegan man who escaped from Somerset County Jail on Monday afternoon remains at large, according to jail officials.

Dylan Perkins, 20, scaled a 15-foot-high fence at about 1 p.m. Monday and ran into the woods. Skowhegan and Madison police, the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department and Maine State Police are searching for him.

Perkins, a minimum-security inmate, was unloading a truck into the kitchen with other inmates when he ran away. The fence was in a nonsecurity area with no razor wire.

Perkins was brought in to Somerset County Jail on April 29 after having his probation revoked for eluding a police officer. He was set to be released on July 27. He now faces up to five years in prison on a felony escape charge.

On Monday, Somerset County Sheriff’s Dept. Detective Lt. Carl E. Gottardi II asked for the public’s assistance in finding Perkins.

“If anyone has any information regarding his location, call 911 or your local police department or our anonymous tip line, 474-0230,” said Gottardi.

He also warned anyone who might help Perkins elude police.

“We’re cautioning people that he is a wanted person and anyone who assists him may face possible charges of hindering apprehension or prosecution,” said Gottardi.

Perkins is described as a white male with blond hair and hazel eyes. He is 5 foot 8 inches tall and weighs 150 pounds.