Indiana inmate abducts attorney, escapes

July 8, 2008 at 2:08 PM
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ANDERSON, Ind., July 8 (UPI) -- Indiana authorities were looking for an escaped jail inmate Tuesday who allegedly kidnapped his attorney and stole his car while on temporary release.

Richard Lee Hudson, whose age was not given, had been let out of the Madison County Jail in the custody of attorney Thomas Hamer in order to attend a Social Security Administration hearing in Indianapolis when Hamer said Hudson put a knife to his throat and abducted him, the (Anderson, Ind.) Herald Bulletin reported.

Hudson had been jailed on domestic battery charges and couldn't post bail. He convinced an Anderson municipal judge to allow him out of his cell to attend the hearing. Hamer said that during his alleged kidnapping Hudson said he wasn't going back to jail, forced Hamer to visit his parents' graves, and threatened to kill his girlfriend and himself.

The attorney feared for his life when Hudson bound and him and drove to a state park, but escaped after Hudson abandoned him after stealing his wallet and cell phone, police said.

They described Hudson a white male, 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing around 150 pounds, last known to have long gray hair and a long gray beard.

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