Kidnapping suspect escapes from jail

A Powell County inmate with a history of escape is on the run once again.

Police are looking for 33-year-old Jason Taulbee, who escaped from the Powell County Jail yesterday.

Officials at the jail say they realized Taulbee was missing during a head count Monday afternoon. Powell County sheriff's deputies say he worked his way through the ceiling in a day room.

"There was a construction flaw, or design, that allowed him to work loose a metal panel in the ceiling of the day room," Powell County Sheriff's Deputy Michael Townsend said.

Once on the roof, investigators say Taulbee left his jail clothes behind, and they believe someone came to pick him up.

Taulbee was serving time on kidnapping and theft charges. Police say he should be considered dangerous.

An arrest warrant states on September 1, Taulbee followed a woman's car as she was on her way to work in Montgomery County.

After she pulled into a convenience store's parking lot, police say Taulbee struck the woman in the face, forced her into his car and drove away.

Montgomery County sheriff's deputies found the woman several hours later.

Taulbee was later arrested in Menifee County.

Investigators say Taulbee is 5'8", and around 160 pounds. He has a teardrop tattoo under his left eye and several tattoos on his body.

Taulbee's family members told 27 NEWSFIRST they have had contact with him since the escape, but they have not seen him.

Deputies and other officials say they are aware of that information.

Taulbee's family members also say the woman police say was the victim of the kidnapping was once in a relationship with him.

Court records show in 1997 and 2002, Taulbee escaped from the Montgomery County Jail. He was in and out of jail there for various charges ranging from probation violation to drug charges to burglary.

Taulbee is still waiting to stand trial on the kidnapping charges.

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