December 11, 2013
SOUTH BEND, IN - A St. Joseph County Jail inmate is on the loose after escaping early Tuesday morning.
Police say around 4:30 a.m., Franklin Rice, 27, of South Bend got access to a bread delivery truck which had the keys in the ignition.
Rice then drove the truck from the rear dock area on the north side of the jail on W. Sample St. in South Bend, smashing through a gate before fleeing onto Lafayette Blvd.
Police say Rice stopped and left the bread truck between Sample and Bronson Streets and ran.
It appears he got into another vehicle and continued fleeing.
With the help of midnight patrol officers, the K-9 unit, jail staff and the South Bend Police Department, a perimeter was established to try to capture the escapee.
Police, though, were not able to find Rice.
However, his jail-issued hat and shirt were found on Bronson St.
The St. Joseph County Jail was placed under lockdown after Rice's escape.
Rice was booked into the St. Joseph County Jail on October 11, 2012 on a burglary charge. His bond was set at $100,000 at that time, and he was due to be sentenced on April 24.
He became a jail worker in November 2012 and worked in the kitchen area of the jail since that time.
Rice is described as a white man, 5'11", 165 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.