Marion County inmate escapes from jail, prompting search


Brian Wampner

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Authorities are looking for an inmate who escaped from jail early Tuesday morning.

According to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, 38-year-old Brian Wampner escaped from Jail II, a privately contracted jail operated by CoreCivic, by going through a window in the loading dock. He was on work detail at the time.

Court records show Wampner has a lengthy criminal history.

Wampner was arrested in March 2019 on charges of dealing methamphetamine, dealing cocaine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of cocaine, unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, possession of narcotics and criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon.

Court records show Wampner was driving a stolen truck with cocaine, meth and fentanyl inside.

According to prosecutors, Wampner crashed the truck, which had been stolen out of Morgan County, into another car at the intersection of 16th and Emerson.

After slamming into a Cash America Pawn sign, Wampner allegedly tried to run away from the scene.

Court records claim that’s when a good Samaritan tried to tackle Wampner, and Wampner fired two shots at the witness before being arrested by a sheriff’s deputy.

Just three months earlier in December 2018, police reports claim officers spotted Wampner driving another stolen truck at a gas station and arrested the accused thief after he led police on a high speed chase down Sherman.

In addition to those two cases, a search of online jail records shows Wampner has been in and out of the Marion County jail 15 times since 2004.

During his escape from Jail II, sheriff’s deputies say Wampner was injured and actively bleeding.

Officials with the sheriff's office did not want to comment on the escape, but anyone with information on Wampner’s location is asked to call 911.

The sheriff’s office said warrant teams are actively looking for him. MCSO has also requested help from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and other law enforcement agencies in the search.

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