MAN ESCAPED WASHINGTON PRISON BY IMPERSONATING SLEEPING CELLMATE
I remember the first time that I saw Escape From Alcatraz. I was too young, maybe 7 years old at the time, even though it was edited for a channel with commercials. But the idea of escaping prison as an arduous, almost impossible feat was firmly planted. Now, of course, I think of digging tunnels, timing rolls thru waves of fire and all manner of creative craziness as ways to escape from prison. But impersonating your cellmate would never have been added to the list, until now. Because one man did just that! He escaped from prison by impersonating his cellmate. And it wasn’t in a movie!
SLEEPING CELLMATE WAS ASLEEP WHEN PRISON OFFICIAL CAME BY ANNOUNCING HIS RELEASE
This happened in Cowlitz County, Washington. The prison identity theft was done by 26-year-old Brian Roman, who saw opportunity knock with a nightstick when a prison official announced that his cellmate was free to go. Of course, the cellmate in question was fast asleep at the time, and never got the message. But the two cellmates look quite a bit alike, and Roman realized he had a chance to hightail it out of prison jus by getting up and walking out the door. And that’s exactly what he did, stopping to collect his cellmate’s belongings and then forging his signature before walking out the last door of the prison to freedom.
IDENTITY THIEVING ESCAPED CONVICT STILL ON THE LAMB, AS AUTHORITIES ON THE HUNT
So did prison officials catch on pretty quick? Did they realize their mistake and hurry after the escaped convict? Well, not so much. It wasn’t until the sleeping cellmate woke up and demanded to know when he was finally getting released that everyone finally realized what happened. The impersonating escape happened on Monday. Three long days later, Brian Roman is still enjoying his illegal freedom, and authorities still have no idea where he is. So there is an APB out for him, with new charges of Escape 2nd Degree, Criminal Impersonation 1st Degree, Forgery, Theft 2nd Degree, and Theft 3rd Degree.
Identity theft has always been a major problem. But in prison, too?