Authorities searching for inmate who escaped from Atchison County, KS jail


Taggart Darnell Lee.


St. Joseph Post

Atchison County, Kansas authorities are looking for an inmate who escaped from the county jail early Thursday morning.

The inmate, identified as 20-year-old Taggart Darnell Lee of Atchison, was being held for serious robbery. He has been in custody since January 8th.

A preliminary investigation found that several security guidelines were not followed by prison staff, allowing Lee to tamper with a door lock and get into an unsecured area of ​​the prison and eventually get outside.

An officer followed Lee on foot for several blocks until Lee picked up a 2 × 4 piece of wood and threatened the unarmed officer.

Law enforcement tried to set up a perimeter but couldn’t find Lee.

Lee is described as a fair-skinned black man, 20 years old, 6 feet 1, 170 pounds, short black hair and a short beard. He was last seen wearing light green pants, a white t-shirt, and orange slip-on shoes.

Authorities consider Lee dangerous and he has a history of arming. The internal investigation is still ongoing.

Anyone with information on Lee’s whereabouts should call 913-367-4323 or 913-804-6080 in a non-urgent situation. You will be called to 911 in an emergency.



Robert Dunfee