Duncan Moor, 21, was quickly caught and arrested, earning him a charge of escape.
Video surveillance footage from the jail shows Moor, clad in orange jail garb, pulling himself up on a basketball hoop in an outdoor recreation area at about 12:20 p.m., then climbing to the top of the backboard so he could reach a narrow gap between the concrete walls and a fence.
“He was a real acrobat, sliding though a narrow opening,” Sandusky County Chief Deputy Bruce Hirt said.
Moor made it to a drainage ditch next to the facility, where he was spotted by other jail inmates who were working outside as part of a county program, Hirt said. The inmates pointed out Moor to their supervisor, Deputy Shane Kluck, who quickly arrested him.
Detectives are trying to figure out exactly how Moor escaped. The video footage is partially obscured in that part of the outdoor recreation area. Detectives are interviewing other inmates who were outside in hopes of figuring out what happened and whether anyone helped him in his bid for freedom.
Jail workers have sealed off that part of the recreation area to prevent any future escape attempts.
“It’s being taken care of to make sure anything like that never happens again,” Hirt said.
Moor was first booked into the jail Sept. 30 on charges of burglary, forgery and possession of dangerous drugs. He appeared in Fremont Municipal Court Thursday and entered a not guilty plea to the escape charge. His bond is set at $40,000.