Updated: 04/02/15 – 11:23 a.m.
CHICAGO (CBS) — More than a day after a convicted killer escaped from a Kankakee County jail, authorities said they suspect someone is helping hide him from police.
Kamron Taylor, 23, broke out of the Jerome Combs Detention Center around 3 a.m. Wednesday, after overpowering a jail guard and donning his uniform. He managed to get through three locked doors in the jail before stealing the guard’s personal vehicle, which was found abandoned several hours later. Taylor has yet to be found.
“Someone is helping him, concealing him,” Kankakee County Sheriff Timothy Bukowski said Thursday morning. “We will prosecute those people to the full extent of the law, if they conceal Mr. Taylor.”
Bukowski said police have searched more than 47 homes, and other areas, and have contacted known associates of Taylor in an effort to find him.
Investigators believe someone likely picked him up after he ditched the guard’s SUV, or met him somewhere nearby.
Police have said Taylor is armed and extremely dangerous. Authorities believe he has the guard’s service weapon, which likely was in the officer’s vehicle at the time of the escape.
Bukowski said Taylor somehow escaped his cell, and hid in a pod at the jail, then ambushed a correctional officer conducting a routine check of the cells.
After choking and beating the guard into unconsciousness, Taylor allegedly stole his keys, donned his uniform, and left the jail, walking with such poise that jail guards mistook him for one of their colleagues, and buzzed him through three locked doors. Taylor and the guard he attacked are both black males with similar builds.
“It looks, right now, speculation on my part is somebody didn’t do their job properly,” Bukowski said.