Escapee caught after half hour
KINGMAN — A Mohave County Jail inmate made a brief dash for freedom but was recaptured after a little more than 30 minutes on the lam.
According to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, Kasey Allen Long, 41, of Kingman, was being unloaded with three other inmates from a jail transport van at the Mohave County Superior Courthouse around 1:31 p.m. Monday when he broke away from detention officers and began running.
“The suspect pretended to have a leg injury and was not placed in leg shackles,” said Mohave County Sheriff Doug Schuster. “This is a procedural error and it will be addressed to ensure it does not happen in the future.”
Long, who was to be seen in court on charges of armed robbery, ran north from the courthouse, prompting the lockdown of schools in downtown Kingman. The sheriff’s office responded with deputies, detectives and command staff, joined by Kingman police officers to set a perimeter. He was spotted hiding in a culvert in a wash on Chestnut Street. Officers moved in, gave Long verbal commands to exit the culvert and took him into custody when he complied around 2:02 p.m.
“I am pleased that no one was injured and the suspect was captured quickly,” Schuster said. “The area was saturated with officers almost immediately, which allowed for a tight perimeter.”
Long was returned to the Mohave County Adult Detention Facility and likely will face additional charges connected to the escape.