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Inmate escapes from Grundy County Jail in Morris

Sheriff's Office: Inmate escaped while serving as trustee

The search continued Sunday for an inmate who escaped custody over the weekend from the Grundy County jail in Morris.

The incident happened around 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. The Grundy County Sheriff's Department reported over social media that inmate Andrew J. Viles, 34, escaped the custody of the Grundy County Jail.

Viles has been in custody since June, pending a class 2 burglary charge, on a $15,000 cash bond. In addition to the pending burglary charges, Viles has an Illinois Department of Corrections parole violation warrant/hold for burglary, according to the department.

While in custody, Viles had been a model inmate, the sheriff's office stated. Viles earned the role of Jail Trustee within the facility, which allowed him certain privileges, including assisting with meal service. The department said Viles apparently left the facility during meal delivery.

Late Saturday afternoon, Viles managed to exit the jail during food service delivery, according to the sheriff's office. Viles was last seen wearing a dark colored coat, possibly a Carhart jacket, light colored blue jeans, and dark colored shoes. The events leading up to Viles obtaining civilian clothing and exiting the jail are under investigation.

Viles is described as 5'9" and 175 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes, and has several tattoos. The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office is following up on every lead and is using all available resources to bring Viles into custody. Anyone with any information regarding Andrew Viles is asked to contact the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office 815942-0336, or dial 911.

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