Sheriff: Inmate recaptured after rooftop jailbreak

A Grants Pass man is back in jail after authorities say he escaped through the facility's ventilation system.

Posted: Mar 25, 2019 4:58 PM

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) -- A Grants Pass man is back in jail after authorities say he escaped through the facility's ventilation system.

The Mail Tribune reports 26-year-old Justin Denney made it to the roof of the Josephine County Jail after entering the ventilation system through a human-made hole in a janitor closet, authorities said.

Josephine County Undersheriff Travis Snyder says once in the ventilation system, Denney was able to get to the roof of the jail.

After sheriff's deputies spotted Denney on the roof, Snyder says Denney jumped down and ran. Sheriff's deputies and Grants Pass police captured Denney in a Walmart parking lot next to the jail.

Denney was in jail facing charges in connection with a burglary and a break-in at the sheriff's impound lot.

He's now being held without bail.

It wasn't known if he has an attorney.

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