Convicted killer who escaped jail in Kankakee captured in Chicago

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CHICAGO -- A convicted killer who escaped from Combs Detention Center in Kankakee Wednesday is now in Chicago police custody.

Kamron Taylor, 23, was taken into custody Friday evening on an unrelated gun charge in the 9200 block of South Stony Island.

At about 9 p.m., Chicago police responded to a call of a suspicious person, as the officers approached, Taylor fled on foot. After a brief foot pursuit, Taylor was placed into custody and was found to be in possession of a loaded handgun.

Taylor originally told officers his name was "Smith."

When officers returned to the station, they realized he matched the descriptions of the missing prisoner from Kankakee.

Chicago Police called the Kankakee County Sheriff's Office and U.S. Marshals to confirm Taylor's identity.

He is now being charged in Chicago with unlawful use of a weapon.

He was held overnight in the city and will appear in bond court before he's turned back over to Kankakee.

The Kankakee County Sheriff's Office had increased the reward for information leading to Taylor's capture to $25,000 late Friday.

That was up from another increase earlier in the day from $5,000 to $7,500.

Taylor's arrest came 69 hours after he escaped from the detention center.

He beat up a correctional officer at the jail, then stole his uniform and keys early Wednesday morning.

Taylor put the uniform on and walked out of the jail and into the officer's car.

Taylor was convicted in February of killing 21-year-old Nelson Williams Jr. during a botched armed robbery in June 2013.

He was being held for sentencing which was set for May.


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