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Kendall inmate’s escape attempt ends in ceiling

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM

YORKVILLE — After just four days in the Kendall County Jail, police say Ryan Cleary was looking for a way out. He got as far as the ceiling.

According to the Kendall County sheriff’s office, Cleary, 20, of the 200 block of Summerwind Lane, Montgomery, was arrested Feb. 3 and charged with aggravated battery to a police officer and aggravated resisting a police officer. Clearly fought with officers who were trying to serve a warrant at his home, police said.

At 9:30 a.m. Monday, deputies found Cleary in a part of the jail’s suspended ceiling. Apparently, Cleary, who is listed in court records as 5-foot-11, 145 pounds, had gotten into the ceiling, then crawled about 25 feet and hid on top of the ventilation duct work, police said.

Kendall County Sheriff Cmdr. Sabrina Jennings, who runs the jail, said Cleary could not have escaped from the ceiling because the ventilation systems are built to thwart an escape through that route.

The sheriff’s office said attempted escape and criminal damage to state-supported property charges are pending against Cleary. In March, Cleary pleaded guilty to misdemeanor criminal damage to property and was sentenced to one year probation.

Jennings said there has been only one other serious escape attempt in the current jail since 1992. In January 1998, an inmate was caught chipping away at the window sill of his cell. The Earlville man accused in that incident was acquitted on two criminal charges because of lack of evidence.

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