Saint John police are looking for an inmate who escaped from the local jail Thursday night.
Terrance Smith, 46, fled a “temporary housing unit” at the Saint John Correctional Facility around 11:30 p.m., Saint John Police Force spokesman Jim Hennessy said in a press release Friday afternoon.
Correctional staff only discovered Smith was missing Friday morning and called police, he said.
Smith is serving a sentence for several charges, including assaulting a peace officer, theft of a motor vehicle, dangerous driving and failure to stop for police.
Police responded to the jail on Old Black River Road, on the east side of town, at 11:34 p.m.
Hennessy declined to be interviewed or explain why police waited until 2:50 p.m. to notify the public that an inmate is on the move.
He also declined to comment on whether Smith was considered dangerous or tell why he was in a temporary housing unit.
“Will leave the release as it is,” Hennessy said in an email.
No information is given on how Smith managed to escape.
Prison Superintendent Kristin Colwell said she could not comment and postponed requests to the Department of Justice and Public Safety. Department officials could not be immediately reached for comment.
Smith was last seen wearing an orange top and trousers in the standard version along with a navy blue coat.
He is described as being about five feet nine inches tall, with a thin build, dark hair and beard.
Anyone who sees Smith or has information about his whereabouts should call police at 648-3333. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).
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In 2013, an inmate fleeing the Saint John Regional Correctional Center was quickly recaptured after a brief foot-chase by police and detectives.
The 22-year-old was found shirtless, barefoot and injured in the nearby McAllister Industrial Park. He had sustained injuries to his chest and feet as he jumped into the razor fence around the jail and ran through a small wooded area, police said at the time.
The Saint John Regional Correctional Center houses up to 120 inmates, according to the government website.