UPDATE (Monday, April 13 at 10pm): Macoupin County Sheriff Shawn Kahl reported Monday evening that Kavanaugh was taken into custody without incident Monday evening nearly 24 hours after escaping.
ORIGINAL ARTICLE: An East Alton man that was being held at Macoupin County Jail while facing murder charges escaped on Easter Sunday, April 12, around 10 p.m., according to a press release made available on Monday afternoon.
Officials said William Kavanaugh, 35, of East Alton received help escaping from another inmate and consider him as a dangerous individual. He’s described as a white medium build male around 5’11” and 210 pounds with red hair and brown eyes.
The man escaped from Macoupin County Jail after obtaining access to a closet, crawling through the ceiling, and jumping out a second-story window. Surveillance video shows Kavanaugh on foot heading south.
Authorities ask anyone with information on Kavanaugh’s whereabouts to contact your local law enforcement agency or the Macoupin County Sheriff’s Department at 217-854-3135. They also warn not to approach him.
Kavanaugh faces six felony counts including three different murder charges, residential burglary, aggravated battery, and home invasion with a dangerous weapon. His last court appearance was on February 10 and he had another appearance scheduled for April 27.