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Inmate apprehended after escape from Cass County Detention Center

Last Updated on December 31, 2023 by Cass County Sheriff's Department

At 12:12 p.m. on December 31, 2023, Cass County Corrections Officers notified Cass County Central Dispatch of an escaped inmate. Investigation found a corrections officer was supervising an inmate worker taking trash to the dumpster on the south side of the facility. Another inmate worker, 25-year-old Gerardo Grimaldo Perez of Logansport, IN, had hidden in the ceiling and was able to climb over a wall to escape through the door where the workers were exiting with the trash.

Logansport Police Officers and Cass County Deputies converged in the area while corrections officers gave chase eastbound from the facility. The inmate removed his jail clothes in the 400 block of North Street. He continued eastbound and was apprehended in the 700 block of Market Street of Logansport, IN, without incident at 12:21 p.m.

Gerardo Grimaldo Perez was initially incarcerated for a probation violation warrant on a Level 6 Felony for check fraud. He was due to be released on this cause on February 22, 2024.

Sheriff Schroder stated, “The Cass County Detention Center is a secure facility. This incident will trigger scrutiny of all policies and practices as well as an after-action review and discussion to ensure any deficiencies are corrected to prevent another occurrence. The quick capture of the inmate was a result of the cooperative efforts of the Logansport Police Department, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office and
Cass County Detention Facility Corrections Officers.”

Agencies assisting the Cass County Sheriff’s Office were the Logansport Police Department, and Cass County Central Dispatch.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at 574-753-7800.

SOURCE: News release from Cass County Sheriff’s Department