Woman who used another inmate’s identity to escape from jail back in custody

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Jessica Stringer

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Oct. 20, 2015) – Authorities from the Marion County Jail said a woman who used another inmate’s identity to escape last week has been captured.

Jessica M. Stringer, 34, left the jail on Thursday, Oct. 15, after officials said she assumed the identity of her cellmate in order to deceive authorities. She was found Monday night near Lynhurst Drive and Melrose Street on the city’s southwest side.

Stringer was initially charged with possession of methamphetamine, unlawful possession of a syringe, false informing and possession of paraphernalia. Additional charges following her escape include escape, identity deception and forgery.

Stringer said her former cellmate, who was scheduled to be released, conspired with her, exchanging armbands and information so Stringer could go free. Jail officials will meet with the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office to determine if Stringer’s former cellmate will also face charges.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office has acquired a positive identification device (PID) unit to check thumbprints before inmates are released. Jail officials said the device should prevent future escape attempts.

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