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Cook County Jail inmate walks away from work detail, is caught

Vincent Tervel

Vincent Tervel

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Updated: October 30, 2013 6:57AM



A man who was being held at the Cook County Jail escaped a work detail at an animal-control facility Saturday but was rearrested hours later as he waited for a getaway ride at a fast-food chicken joint on the North Side.

Vincent Tervel apparently walked away from the Animal Care & Control facility in the 2700 block of South Western Avenue at about 11:30 a.m., Cook County sheriff’s spokeswoman Cara Smith said.

He was found around 3 p.m. Saturday at a Popeyes at Addison and Western — about 10 miles from where he was part of a work detail, Smith said.

“He was just waiting to get picked up,” Smith said.

She said there were 16 workers at the facility and two guards at the time of the escape.

“They have never had an issue at the facility — other than a detainee getting bit,” Smith said.

It’s unclear how Tervel got to the North Side. Authorities are looking into who Tervel called for a ride.

Smith said he was wearing a white shirt and brown pants and didn’t have any money when he was rearrested.

Tervel, 36, had been charged with possession of burglary tools on Sept. 19, accused of stealing copper from gravestones at Rosehill Cemetery. He also is awaiting trial in Kendall County for aggravated assault and attempting to run over a police officer, according to court records.

In three cases this year, Cook County Jail inmates were mistakenly released:

◆ On Sept. 17, Jeremiah Harris — serving a 12-year prison term for being an “armed habitual criminal” — was supposed to be returned to Stateville Correctional Center in Joliet but was released from the Cook County Jail, apparently because a judge hadn’t entered an order to return Harris to prison, officials said.

◆ Steven Derkits, who was accused of domestic violence, was found at his girlfriend’s home in late August after the jail mistakenly released him on July 30. Derkits’ absence went unnoticed until Aug. 21, when sheriff’s officers realized after he missed a court hearing after being released.

◆ In January, Steven L. Robins — serving 50 years for murder — was mistakenly released from the jail, then picked up days later in Kankakee.

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