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Manhunt on for Northern California inmate who escaped ‘high security’ jail yard

Sacramento Bee 9/1/2022 Michael McGough, The Sacramento Bee

An inmate awaiting trial for nearly a dozen felony charges escaped a Northern California jail Wednesday evening, and authorities are trying to determine how he managed to get out of a “high security” yard at the jail.

The Butte County Sheriff’s Office said its deputies discovered around 6:20 p.m. that 34-year-old inmate Miles Michael Kenneth Bondley escaped from “a fully-enclosed, high security exercise yard” sometime after about 5:30 p.m.

The escapee remains at large and sought, the Sheriff’s Office said in a news release, and has a known history in parts of Butte County including Chico, Oroville, Magalia and Paradise.

“Correctional staff are actively investigating to determine how Bondley managed to escape the yard,” deputies wrote.

He is described as approximately 5-foot-10 and 170 pounds, with green eyes and brown hair. Bondley has multiple tattoos including the name “Linda” on his neck.

Bondley should be considered dangerous and should not be approached, deputies said. Anyone who sees him is asked to immediately call 911. Anyone with information about his whereabouts should call the Sheriff’s Office at 530-538-7322.

Bondley was incarcerated while pending trial on 16 charges — 11 felonies and five misdemeanors spanning numerous crimes, according to the Sheriff’s Office and Butte Superior Court records.

The felony charges include burglary, domestic violence, stalking, assault with a deadly weapon, probation violation, attempted arson and witness intimidation, court records show. Bondley pleaded not guilty to all 16 charges in December.

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