King charged with escape

A man who is suing the Webster County Jail for not protecting him while in custody has been charged with trying to escape from the facility.

Tanner J. King, 23, of Fort Dodge, is facing one count of escape, a Class D felony.

According to the criminal complaint, King attempted to escape from the Webster County Jail on Sept. 5, 2012.

He was being held in the jail on several charges, including first-degree burglary, when the attempt occurred.

At the time of the incident, investigators said King jumped off the roof of the Webster County Law Enforcement Center and fell 40 feet into the alley between Seventh and Eighth streets near First Avenue South. He landed between the LEC and the former Messenger Printing building.

King filed a lawsuit against Webster County on Sept. 14, 2012. At the time, King’s attorney, Mark Pennington, said that his client fell off the roof of the LEC and had “suicidal intent.”

That lawsuit is still pending.

King made his initial appearance on the escape charge in Webster County Magistrate Court Wednesday, where Magistrate William Habhab ordered King held on $5,000 bond.

His preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Feb. 27.

Because of King’s lawsuit against the county, his escape charge will be prosecuted by the Iowa Attorney General’s office.