Iowa inmate who escaped at center of new security incident

Justin Kestner
Justin Kestner is seen in an undated photo provided by the Iowa Department of Corrections. Kestner, a 25-year-old inmate who escaped from the Iowa State Penitentiary Sunday morning, July 5, 2015, has been recaptured in Illinois. The Iowa Corrections Department says Justin Kestner was arrested later on Sunday morning by the Illinois State Police just south of Geneseo, Illinois. (Iowa Department of Corrections via AP)

ANAMOSA, Iowa (AP) – An Iowa inmate who escaped from a maximum-security prison is at the center of another serious security incident at a second prison.

The Iowa Department of Corrections says Justin Kestner used a “crude piece of metal” Wednesday to assault an officer at Anamosa State Penitentiary.

The department says the assault came after Kestner was able to remove himself from a health services room. The officer suffered several facial contusions and was treated at a hospital.

Last year, Kestner managed to slither out of one of the state’s most highly-secure cells at the Fort Madison prison. Kestner climbed through piping and a vent to reach the roof, then descended down the downspout. He stole a car but was captured within hours.

The department said the assault will be referred for prosecution.

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