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Bond set at $75K for Lincoln jail escapee who was caught on Omaha rooftop

(Omaha Police Department)
Published: Jul. 22, 2021 at 8:22 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Bond was set at $75,000 for a man who escaped from the Community Corrections Center in Lincoln and was captured on an Omaha rooftop July 19.

John Mays, 44, was arraigned Thursday in Douglas County Court on felony counts of terroristic threats, strangulation, and domestic violence — each of which carries a three-year maximum penalty.

Mays was wanted on an active felony domestic assault warrant after he walked away from the Lincoln facility on April 17. He had begun serving a one-year sentence in December on four counts of violating a protection order. He was found in Omaha on July 19 when he broke into a home in the area of Howard and South 35th streets and assaulted a woman with a knife.

Police said Mays broke out of an attic window in an attempt to escape a K-9, and OPD called in the Omaha Fire Department to assist with a ladder truck.

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