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Inmate was likely trying to escape through jail ceiling, authorities say

Cody Crocker was first booked into the facility Feb. 5 on felony and misdemeanor charges


An inmate at the Douglas County Detentions Facility was discovered in the jail's ceiling after he went missing from his cell for an hour and 40 minutes the morning of Feb. 13 in what authorities believe was an escape attempt.

Cody Lauchlin Crocker, 34, was first booked into the jail in Castle Rock on Feb. 5 on suspicion of two felony charges, the first being an attempt to influence a public servant and the second for forgery, simulation, impersonation and related offenses; a misdemeanor for theft; and one petty offense for possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond for those charges was set at $100.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office set up a perimeter around the jail with assistance from the Castle Rock Police Department once Crocker was discovered missing, although a spokeswoman said there was never a concern about the alleged escape attempt being successful.

“Due to the way the structure was built and the fact that the concrete walls extend beyond the ceiling we are confident there isn't any way for a person to escape through the ceiling,” said Lauren Lekander, a spokeswoman for the sheriff's office.

The sheriff's office did not want to disclose how Crocker got into the ceiling, “so we don't give anyone else ideas,” Lekander said. Crocker was not harmed during the incident and was assessed by medical staff before being returned to a cell, according to the sheriff's office's Twitter account.

Lekander didn't know how Crocker was discovered missing but said new charges for the incident were pending. She was not sure what those charges may be.


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