Indiana man charged with murder escapes from transport van


GARY, Ind. (AP) – A 22-year-old man charged with murder has escaped in northwestern Indiana while being extradited from Texas.

Leon Taylor escaped about 3 p.m. Monday in Gary from a transport van operated by a private company, said the Lake County sheriff’s office.

Details of the escape were not released.

Taylor, of Hammond, Indiana, was wearing a chain around his midsection, handcuffs and a restraint on his leg. The sheriff’s office said he faces a murder charge in East Chicago and was being taken to the Lake County Jail in Crown Point, Indiana.

The sheriff’s office and Gary police helped search for Taylor. A police helicopter and police dogs also were called in.

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