Wis. inmate escapes private escort team at airport

Robert R. Johnson rushed one of the unarmed escorts after being released from restraints to use the restroom

By Sarah Sinning

MILWAUKEE, WIS. — The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office is working with the U.S. Marshals Service to locate an inmate who escaped from the custody of two unarmed, privately contracted prisoner transport employees at Milwaukee International Airport Tuesday night. 

According to a news release from the sheriff's office, 40-year-old Robert R. Johnson was being transported to Rock County, Wisconsin, to face charges of robbery with use of force, possession of cocaine with intent to deliver, and resisting or obstructing an officer. The private escort team did not coordinate their arrival at the airport with local law enforcement. 

While one of the escorting civilians proceeded to a rental car office, the other took Johnson to use the restroom, where he was released from one of two handcuffs that secured him to a restraint belt, the release said. 

He shortly afterward rushed the transport employee and escaped via an airport parking structure. 

Deputies said Johnson is 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighs about 145 pounds and has a tattoo of a star on his face. He was last seen wearing a black jacket, white shirt and blue striped pants. 


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