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Detainee apprehended after scaling Ga. jail fence in escape

In the sally port, the 22-year-old made a break for it, jumping on top of multiple police cars before scaling wired fencing


Nigiel Lee.

Photo/Clayton County Police Department

By Rosana Hughes
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. — A Clayton County detainee is back in custody Thursday after making a daring escape from a secure transfer area at the jail and spending hours on the run, authorities said.

Nigiel Lee, 22, was taken to the facility Wednesday evening after being arrested on several felony charges, including home invasion and aggravated assault, Clayton police said in a statement. While in the sally port area, and with multiple law enforcement officers present, police said Lee made a break for it.

He jumped on top of multiple police vehicles before scaling wired fencing and escaping around 9 p.m., according to police. It was not clear how Lee was able get away from the officers, and police did not say if he had been handcuffed.

After two hours of searching, a K-9 unit tracked him to an area about two miles away on Whaley’s Lake Drive. The police department said they had utilized “all resources” to bring him back into custody.

The agency told Channel 2 Action News that Lee had also been wanted in DeKalb County on multiple charges, including kidnapping and robbery by sudden snatching. He also faces charges of family violence in DeKalb and Alabama, the news station reported.

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