COPY-Search continues for St. Clair Co. jail escapee

Associated Press - August 25, 2009 9:04 AM ET

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A search is under way for an inmate who managed to trick his way out of a southwestern Illinois jail.

St. Clair County jail officials say 60-year-old Elijah Muhammad of St. Louis bolted Monday afternoon from the Belleville jail.

He'd been jailed since Friday on $400,000 bond on charges of aggravated battery and home invasion. The alleged crimes took place in Alorton.

Jail superintendent Phillip McLaurin says Muhammad made his getaway after identifying himself as another inmate who was supposed to be released. Muhammad wore that inmate's shirt during the ruse and signed out using that inmate's name.

Muhammad was missing for about 30 minutes before authorities realized what happened.

Information from: Belleville News-Democrat,

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