Jefferson County inmate back in custody after escaping on RTD bus

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Leigha Bowie

After making an escape on an RTD bus, an inmate in the Jefferson County Jail was found Thursday after several citizens sent in tips to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

Leigha Bowie, 33, escaped from custody while being transported from Jefferson County Jail to a Denver detention facility. She escaped when the vehicle she and several other inmates were being transported in stopped at a work release facility that she was not meant to get off at.

She was initially 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.

Bowie was found near the intersection of Federal Boulevard and 54th Avenue and is currently being held in Denver, Michael Taplin, Jefferson County Sheriff’s spokesman said.

After escaping from the work release site, Bowie was seen getting onto an RTD bus and spent a day on the run before being brought back into custody Thursday.

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