Daisytown man makes brief prison escape
A Daisytown man awaiting trial for murder temporarily escaped from Greene County Prison along with another inmate Saturday before the two were caught two hours later, the prison's warden confirmed Thursday.
Jason William Roe, 33, of Daisytown, and Rocco John Iacovone, 27, of Washington, were caught walking through an unlocked gate and climbing atop a picnic table to scale the fence, according to Warden Harry D. Gillispie.
The men were able to escape after a corrections officer failed to secure a gate separating the prison's main recreation yard from a minimum security yard, Gillispie said.
As the prisoners were escorted into the yard, Roe and Iacovone went through the gate and picked up an inmate water cooler. The guard spotted them and ordered back into the main yard.
Instead, the warden said, they dropped the water cooler, ran to the back of the minimum security yard and upended a wooden picnic table to scale a service gate, squeezing between the top of the gate and the row of razor wire above. They were caught less than a mile away.
Roe was charged with homicide and aggravated assault following the shooting death of Cordele Patterson, 38, on Aug. 14, 2012, at a secluded cabin in Wayne Township, Greene County. He was later captured by West Virginia state police in the Morgantown area.
Iacovone is awaiting trial for robbery.
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