NEW MADRID -- Authorities are searching for a New Madrid County inmate who escaped early Saturday after breaking security windows from inside the jail.
According to New Madrid County Sheriff's Department personnel, the breakout by offender Michael P. Blackmon, 31, was believed to have happened around 4:32 a.m. Jail staff discovered a security window in the cell had been broken and another window leading into the courtyard was also broken. Towels, which had been tied together, were found on the jail's roof.
Blackmon is described as a black male, approximately 5-foot, 9-inches tall and weighs about 160 pounds. His jail uniform was found discarded in New Madrid so there is no description of clothing that he may be wearing, according to the sheriff's department.
Blackmon was in custody at the jail from a change of venue in Butler County. He was previously convicted of having an illegal weapon, a shank, while in custody. As of press time, Blackmon had not been apprehended and is considered by authorities to be dangerous.
Anyone who has seen this man or knows of his whereabouts should contact the New Madrid County Sheriff's office at (573) 748-2516.