Prisoner who escaped from magistrate's office back in police custody

Prisoner who escaped from magistrate's office back in police custody

MASONTOWN, Pa. — A prisoner who escaped from a constable at a Fayette County Magistrate's Office is back in custody.

The office where he escaped is the same place where a Masontown man shot four people, including a police officer, before being killed in September.

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Police told Channel 11 Justin Shipp was in the holding room, waiting to be arraigned on a bench warrant for drug charges, when he jimmied the door open and took off.

Shipp is accused of using a credit card to get the door open. He then allegedly went out the side of the building, down the back alley and through several neighborhoods.

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Pennsylvania State Police helped with the search for him, as did his mother and sister, who were out in their car looking for him.

Masontown's K-9 eventually helped take Shipp into custody near his grandmother's house.

He's now being charged with escape.

A judge denied him bail, and he will be back in court on Jan. 9, 2019.

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