LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — An inmate being taken from the Tippecanoe County Jail to the courthouse Thursday escaped the transport van and ran away, according to Chief Deputy Terry Ruley.
Michael Cochran was the only inmate in the van at the time. Ruley said as it stopped at Third and South streets, Cochran opened the door and got out. When asked how it happened, Ruley said Cochran had a thin build and it appeared he slipped out of his handcuffs.
Ruley said all protocol was followed with how Cochran was constrained. Cochran had shackles on his hands and feet that were both attached to his waist, Ruley said.
After a brief search, Ruley said Cochran was found near First and Sycamore streets, behind the Fairfield Township Trustee's Office.
On Monday Cochran was charged with Escape and Habitual Offender. Court documents show he was convicted of child molesting in May.
As we reported, a teenage victim took a picture of Cochran in the act and sent it to his wife. Prosecutors said he engaged in sexual activity with a 13-year-old at his home in September of 2018.
Cochran had previous convictions include child molesting and sexual misconduct with a minor in 1995.