Daily American Republic
Authorities are searching for a man who assaulted a Butler County Sheriff’s deputy during a failed escape attempt Tuesday at the courthouse. According to the sheriff’s department, a recently sentenced inmate tried to flee after a court appearance on the third floor. When she was apprehended on the first floor, her boyfriend placed Deputy Michael Jones in a chokehold in an attempt to free her. The 36th Judicial Circuit Court has issued a warrant for the boyfriend, 24-year old Travis D. O’Barr, of the 100 block of Lexington Street, on charges of aiding a felony prisoner’s escape and assault on law enforcement. Butler County prosecutors charged attempted escapee 24-year old Shekeena M. Liau of Neelyville, with attempted escape from confinement. She is awaiting trail in the Butler County jail in lieu of $50,000 cash only bond. O’Barr also is suspected of striking a vehicle as he fled from the courthouse. Some city charges related to the hit-and-run may be forthcoming, according to the sheriff’s department. Liau will appear before Judge John Bloodworth at 9 a.m. today.