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Smith Co. inmate back in jail after escaping

Inmate Adam Bowers (Source: Smith County Jail) Inmate Adam Bowers (Source: Smith County Jail)
SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - A Smith County Jail inmate is back in custody after escaping from the Central Jail rooftop around 10:35 Saturday morning, according to Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith.

The inmate has been identified at 34-year-old Adam Bowers. He was in custody for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and two charges of aggravated robbery.

Smith says the incident is still under investigation but he thinks other inmates on the recreation yard intentionally blocked the view of the yard detention officer. Smith says Bowers unraveled the wire on the recreation yard fence and slipped through a hole. The inmate stripped off his jail uniform and ran across the roof. He then climbed down scaffolding that is in place as part of the jail construction project.

The recreation yard officer observed Bowers run across the roof and immediately announced the escape on the jail radio system, which Smith says was acquired primarily for such incidents.

Smith says the jail staff pursued the inmate after a foot chase lasting about 20 minutes. Bowers was captured four blocks north of the jail. During the foot pursuit, Bowers was armed with a hammer he acquired from the construction site near the jail. Smith says the inmate attempted to car jack at least three citizens, but was unsuccessful.

Bowers was still armed with the hammer and was surrounded by Smith County Jail staff and taken into custody at gunpoint without further incident. No officers or the inmate sustained any significant injury during this incident.

The Smith County Sheriff's Department is attempting to identify the victims of the attempted car jackings for additional information.

Bowers was transported back to the jail by officers with the Tyler Police Department and will now face additional felony charges related to this incident.

Smith says Smith County jail policies relating to facility security are being reviewed to ensure incidents such as this do not occur in the future.

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