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Man back in custody

A man is behind bars after escaping custody from St. Francois County deputies while being transported from the county courthouse to the jail around noon.

DeAngelo M. Woodland, 29, of Farmington, had appeared in court that morning where he was taken into custody for a probation violation. The man had been on probation for possession of a controlled substance.

According to Lt. Dennis Smith, county jail administrator, a jail deputy and two bailiffs were escorting inmates from the courthouse through a secured interior stairwell when Woodland, who was handcuffed, slipped around a corner and hid.

He was later seen on videotape leaving the courthouse with a dark pink T-shirt pulled over his hands to cover his handcuffs.

Deputies searched for the escapee at an apartment in Farmington where Woodland reportedly stayed. Neighbors informed the deputies that they had seen the escapee in the area minutes before and believed he might have entered the apartment.

Smith said deputies received no answer at the door and were waiting for a warrant when the apartment tenant arrived and gave them permission to perform a search.

“We searched the entire apartment, including the attic space, and found nothing,” Smith said. “We also searched two neighboring apartments that were empty and Woodland was not found.”

At about 8 p.m. a passerby reported seeing someone matching his description in the area of Desloge Burger King and McDonalds. After a brief pursuit, Desloge officers placed Woodland in custody.

Charges were already filed Friday afternoon for escape from confinement. His bond for that charge is set at $20,000.



Kevin Jenkins is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3614 or

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