A driver for a private security firm checked into a hotel for a nap and left his prisoners unsecured, allowing one of them to escape, according to reports.
Lamont Henderson, a driver for Guard Force International, was transporting a pair of prisoners from Oklahoma City to a facility in Texas, the St. Louis Dispatch reported.
On the night of Sunday, March 4, Henderson booked a room at the Casino Queen hotel in East St. Louis. Henderson took a nap, and one of the prisoners took a cell phone, clothes, and $5200 in cash, before vanishing.
GFI CEO Gordon Brooks told the Dispatch that Henderson had been fired “for not following protocol.”
Brooks said Henderson had dropped off another inmate in northwest Missouri and was supposed to be in East St. Louis.
“That was fine, they were going where they were supposed to be,” Brooks said. “But he made an unauthorized stop and everything transpired from there. We don’t go into public places. Common sense, you know.”
The escaped prisoner, Brian Jordan, had been caught in a stolen car in Oklahoma City, and was being transferred to Texas for an outstanding methamphetamine warrant. The 33-year-old is not considered armed or dangerous.
Just a Quick Nap With Two Unsecured Prisoners
Henderson checked into the Casino Queen around 10 p.m. Sunday night. He claims he only napped for 40 minutes.
Hotel security footage shows Jordan sneaking into the parked GFI van at 1:30 a.m. The inmate stole some clothes and a cellphone.
Jordan also stole a bag containing $5200 of Henderson’s personal money. No explanation was given for why Henderson had so much cash with him.
The second inmate told police he was also asleep and didn’t wake up until Henderson did.
Henderson didn’t contact the police until 6:40 a.m., East St. Louis Police Chief Jerry Simon told the Dispatch. Henderson claimed he had been hunting for his missing prisoner.
St Louis Police are asking anyone with information about the whereabouts of Brian Jordan to call 618-482-6700.