Female Jefferson County jail inmate escapes in RTD bus while being transferred

A 33-year-old female inmate escaped early Wednesday while she was being transferred from the Jefferson County Jail to a Denver detention facility and then made her get away in an RTD bus, officials say.

Leigha Bowie was booked into jail on Oct. 22 on various charges including second-degree assault and theft. All but a menacing charge were dropped when she entered a plea agreement, according to Jefferson County District Court records. Bowie was then sentenced to two years of probation on Monday.

At about 8 a.m. on Wednesday, deputies were transferring Bowie to a Denver jail on traffic-related arrest warrants when she and several other female inmates climbed into a transport vehicle. The vehicle made several stops on the way to Denver.

When it stopped at a work-release facility near Colfax Avenue and Simms Street, Bowie got out and ran away,  Michael Taplin, Jefferson County sheriff’s spokeswoman. said.

Bowie was last seen getting on an RTD bus near Colfax Avenue and Simms Street, Taplin said.

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