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Monday, June 9, 2014

Jailbreak: When Was the Last San Francisco Inmate Escape?

Posted By on Mon, Jun 9, 2014 at 12:35 PM

click to enlarge Timothy Midgett has joined an exclusive club, of sorts...
  • Timothy Midgett has joined an exclusive club, of sorts...

San Francisco inmate Timothy Midgett's plan to bust out of the Hall of Justice wasn't exactly a Swiss watch. It didn't require Escape from Alcatraz-type complexities.

He just took out the trash -- and kept on going.

Senior Sheriff's Deputy Enrique Luquin tells us that Midgett is still out and about. He was considered a low-flight risk and was 11 months through a yearlong sentence. Why this man would choose to flee, especially at this time, "Is the question we're all asking ourselves," admits Luquin.

It's not a question San Francisco officials need to ask very often. Inmates do not escape from lockup with great frequency.

The last escapee from the Hall of Justice flew the coop all the way back on July 22, 2002. James Flanagan was captured the very next day.

It remains to be seen if Midgett will elude law enforcement for longer than his predecessor' Flanagan's mark of one day. If apprehended, Luquin says he looks forward to getting some answers as to why this was all necessary.

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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