A 20-year-old man being held on a probation violation charge is accused of escaping from the city's Central District police lockup yesterday by crawling through a ceiling duct and kicking out a wall, police said.
Officer Robert W. Weinhold Jr., a police spokesman, said Aaron Bryan Roberts is accused of diverting the attention of a guard to get out of the lockup in the 500 block of E. Baltimore St., near police headquarters.
City police arrested Mr. Roberts Friday on a charge that he
violated his probation stemming from his recent release from jail on a manslaughter charge. He was charged yesterday with escape.
Officer Weinhold said Mr. Roberts asked to make a telephone call about 12:30 p.m. and diverted the guard's attention in a hallway after leaving his cell.