Thursday, October 4 2012, 09:55 PM CDT
Inmate braves barbed wire to escape
By Caitlin Conrad/KTVL.com
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore --The commotion at the Klamath County Jail got started early this morning, when an inmate made a break for it.
The escapee, Kenneth Baines, was a jail inmate on the work crew. He was outside with in a fenced area with a guard taking out the garbage when he made a run for it.
Klamath Falls sheriff Tim Evinger says Baines is a small man and they think he slipped through a gap in the barbed wire fencing. Evinger says he think Baine's been eying the gap for a while, "he obviously concocted a plan on how he was going to leave," the Sheriff said.
Baines is the first inmate to escape from Klamath County Jail since 1989.
The Sheriff says he thinks Baines decided to split to avoid extra time he was looking at.
At the time the inmate was under investigation, "there were other agencies that had been interviewing him and getting ready to add additional charges, and we believe that probably was what created his angst, in wanting to get out," Evinger explained.
Baines is known to police has a car thief and burglar. His most famous crime earned him the title "The Frito Bandit", when he stole a Frito-Lays truck only to ditch it in the Klamath River Canyon.
Evinger says he's not a violent threat to the community and they do have some leads on where he might be.
Police are talking to all of baines friends and family and found his clothes at an aquaintance's house.
While The Frito Bandit may have escaped some extra time in the short run, Evinger says it won't pay off in the end.
"I think he's looking at some substantial prison time when we catch up with him," The Sheriff said.
If you have any information about Baines whereabouts contact Klamath County Sheriff's Office.