Faces charge of unlawful escape from custody
Kimberly Ann Parkinson
Kimberly Ann Parkinson, the woman who escaped from sheriff officers on Monday and was apprehended by the RNC on Tuesday, was back in provincial court today.
A charge of unlawful escape from custody and two breaches of court orders were added to other charges she is facing, including several counts of thefts.
Parkinson consented to be remanded into custody and her case was set over to May 22.
Birthday escape ends in capture
She made a birthday bid for freedom Monday, but the party was over for an escaped prisoner Tuesday afternoon when the RNC found her.
Kimberly Ann Parkinson, who took off from sheriff’s officers outside the
St. John’s Lockup on Water Street, was picked up at around 2 p.m. Tuesday. Police wouldn’t say where, but say she was arrested without incident.
Parkinson had been at large for almost 24 hours. She escaped at around 5:15 p.m. Monday — the day she turned 39 — when sheriffs were transferring her and seven other prisoners from provincial court to the lockup.
Parkinson was originally in custody on charges of theft, breaching probation and breaching an undertaking.
She was the last prisoner to appear before a judge in Courtroom No. 7 Monday at around 4:55 p.m. when proceedings ran 25 minutes late. She reportedly had planned to plead guilty, but since there wasn’t enough time to deal with her case, lawyers opted to set it over until today.
She was supposed to have stayed at the lockup until then, but things didn’t turn out that way.
Sources say when the sheriff’s officers van pulled up to the lockup door and the prisoners were getting out, a female prisoner tripped and fell to the ground, distracting the two officers who were escorting the group.
That’s when Parkinson made a run for it.
A few sheriff’s officers asked about the incident said they think the fall was a planned distraction.
During transfers, prisoners normally wear a restraint called a
D-Ring, which handcuffs the prisoners’ wrists to a chained belt and includes a leg restraint to prevent the prisoners from running. Parkinson had not been wearing the leg restraint because she had been complaining about a leg injury.
Sheriff’s officers questioned about the incident Tuesday didn’t think the escape had anything to do with the lack of officers as a result of provincial budget cuts. They said it’s been typical procedure to have two officers transport the prisoners. The maximum number of prisoners permitted in the van is eight.
“That’s been the way for years,” said one sheriff’s officer, who didn’t want to be identified.
Department of Justice spokes-person Luke Joyce said Minister Darin King has instructed officials to conduct a review of the incident to determine whether proper protocols and procedures were followed.
“Should the results of the review indicate any concerns or deficiencies, they will be acted upon immediately and appropriately,” Joyce said.
RNC Const. Talia Murphy told reporters Tuesday Parkinson wasn’t considered a risk to public safety.
An RNC news release said her arrest was the result of help from the public and media.
The police investigation into the escape is continuing.