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MAQUOKETA, IA -- The Jackson County Sheriff's Office is still searching for an inmate who escaped on Monday with a deputy right next to him.

“He came flying across the shop, cut through the two parked cars, and ran right between us. Then the hit the corner, took a left and ran by the Tandem tire store.” Ron Behrens was outside his store in Maquoketa when an escaped inmate brushed right past him.

He says, “Then squad cars were running, then jailers were after him. There were quite a few people after him. From what I hear, he can run really fast.”

On Monday, Deputy Steve Schroeder took 32-year-old Brandon Bodenhofer to the Jackson County Courthouse. It’s right across the street from the detention center.

Sheriff Russ Kettmann of Jackson County Sheriff’s Office says, “The deputy was bringing him back and almost got to the door, and he bolted on us.”

Bodenhofer was not wearing handcuffs or shackle when he got away.

Kettmann says, “We take a lot of them over [to the courthouse]. Some days, it’s three or four – We never have any trouble, but Monday was a different story.” He admits it is their department error.

Kettman admits that they have been “a little relaxed” so he is now implementing a policy so that it won’t happen again. With this new policy, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office will now handcuff or shackle all inmates, even if they are just crossing the street to the courthouse.

At the time, Behrens didn’t know it was an inmate running past him. He wishes he would have stopped Bodenhofer on the run.  He says, “This should be a standard procedure [to handcuff and shackle]. You got to do it.”

Sheriff Kettman assures the community, “Knowing Mr. Bodenhofer, he’ll be back. We’ll get him back.”

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