KINGMAN – It was a short-lived taste of freedom.
On Monday afternoon around 1:30 p.m., Mohave County Sheriff’s Office dispatch was called regarding an inmate’s escape from the Mohave County Superior Courthouse.
Kasey Allen Long, 41 of Kingman, was unloaded from a jail transport van when he ran away from detention officers and north away from the court house. Long was scheduled to be in court on armed robbery charges.
“This suspect pretended to have a leg injury and was not placed in leg shackles,” said Sheriff Doug Schuster in a press release. “This is a procedural error and it will be addressed to ensure it does not happen in the future.”
MCSO deputies, detectives, and command staff responded to the area, along with Kingman Police Department. A perimeter was formed and schools in the area were placed on lockdown status.
At about 2 p.m., Long was spotted hiding in a culvert in a wash on Chestnut Street in Kingman. Verbal commands were given for Long to exit the culvert, and he complied. Long was placed in custody and escorted to the Mohave County Adult Detention Facility.
“I am pleased that no one was injured and the suspect was captured quickly,” Schuster said in a press release. “The area was saturated with officers almost immediately, which allowed for a tight perimeter. Lee Williams High School was locked down during this incident and I was pleased with the overall communication between agencies.”
Kingman Unified School District’s Positive Alternative campus was also placed on lockdown.
Information provided by Mohave County Sheriff’s Office