Authorities recapture jail inmate who fled in northwest Iowa

The Emmet County Sheriff's Office says the 19-year-old attacked the jailer around 7:20 p.m. Friday and then fled out a door the jailer had just opened at the jail in Estherville.

Posted: Feb 4, 2019 9:00 AM

ESTHERVILLE, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say officers have captured an inmate who assaulted a jailer before fleeing custody in northwest Iowa.

The Emmet County Sheriff's Office says the 19-year-old attacked the jailer around 7:20 p.m. Friday and then fled out a door the jailer had just opened at the jail in Estherville.

The inmate was apprehended 45 minutes later by an Estherville officer and a K-9.

The inmate has been identified as Divine Watkins. He's been charged with escape and assaulting the jailer. County court records don't list the name of an attorney who could comment for him. He'd been jailed while awaiting prosecution on burglary and other charges.

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