Saturday, May 29, 2010

Prisoner fires bed and makes his escape

This story was published by the Ypsilanti Daily Press on Saturday, May 28, 1910.

Edward Frentger, who was this morning arrested for drunkenness effected a clever escape from the city jail (then on Cross Street) shortly afternoon today. Frentger was heard calling for help a short time after he had been lodged in the cell and was going to see what was the trouble Jail Keeper Jackson found the rooms filled with smoke. Frentger had set his bed on fire and seemed to be overcome by the fie he was removed from the clell and Mr. Jackson having more on his hands than he could care for left the prisoner out side while he returned to fight the fire.

Fresh air seemed to be just the thing he needed, at any rate when Mr. Jackson went to look after his prisoner he had recovered sufficiently to make good his escape. Officers started a search but he has not yet been captured.

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