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Inmate Briefly Escapes from Wichita County Jail

A man previously charged with robbing a Wichita Falls bank is back behind bars after a brief escape from the downtown jail on Tuesday morning.
A man previously charged with robbing a Wichita Falls bank is back behind bars after a brief escape from the downtown jail on Tuesday morning.

The Wichita County Sheriff's Office says it happened around 8 a.m. when the detention staff transport division was bringing seven inmates into the jail.

Wichita County Sheriff David Duke says the inmate had been able to slip his wrist through the handcuffs and escape through an open door during a shift change when jail employees were coming in.

Duke says 27-year-old Terrance Lavail Oliphant was in prison in the Fort Worth area and was transported to the Wichita County jail for a child support issue.

Duke says Oliphant escaped but only got about three blocks away before he was taken back into custody.

He is now charged with escape in Wichita County.

Sheriff Duke says he has ordered additional restraints be used by inmates when moved around to ensure this doesn't happen again.

"At this point from now on in transport to and from the courts, they're going to be all of them, whether they are in there for speeding tickets or capital murder, they are going to be held the same just to make sure we don't have this kind of issue with somebody that could really be a threat to society or threat to the community," Duke says.

Oliphant was previously arrested in 2011 and charged with robbing a downtown Wichita Falls bank.

Authorities say after the robbery, Oliphant ran into the nearest building, changed shirts and lingered in the lobby before taking a cab from the scene.

He was sentenced to 35 years in prison.

Duke says Oliphant's bond for the escape charge has not been set at this time.
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