County followed proper procedure for prisoner transfer
Thu, 16 Dec 2010 23:34:14 GMT —
Jefferson County officials say they followed standard procedure when transferring a prisoner to University Hospitals, who later escaped.
Jefferson County Attorney Tim Dille says that sheriff's deputies did what they always do when transferring Anthony Koehlhoeffer to the custody of University of Iowa Hospitals.
Dille gave KTVO a copy of a receipt from Hospital Staff acknowledging that they had taken custody of the bank robbery suspect.
In fact, when deputies transferred Koehlhoeffer, they transferred another prisoner who did not manage to escape.
Dille said that there was obviously a miscommunication and a review of the transfer procedures may be in order.
Koehlhoeffer was awaiting trial on felony bank robbery charges when he was taken to the hospital for an undisclosed medical condition on Tuesday.
Koehlhoeffer escaped from hospital staff at about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Iowa City Police originally believed he had left the area, but shortly after 5:30 a.m. Wednesday a white male dressed in a hospital gown forced a women from her car and took off.
Koehlhoeffer was picked up Wednesday night in Bettendorf, Iowa after he wrecked an SUV he had stolen.
In addition to the robbery charges, Koehlhoeffer faces additional charges of car jacking, kidnapping and escape.View the previous story.