American Man on the Run After Escaping Indonesian Jail

Security personnel walk in front of Kerobokan prison in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia, June 19, 2017. (REUTERS)

An American man who was detained on drug charges in August escaped an Indonesian jail early Monday and a manhunt is underway.

Chrishan Beasley, 32, who was arrested in August, was allegedly found at a Bali post office with a package containing 5.7 grams of hashish, a drug made from cannabis.

Tonny Nainggolan, head of Kerobokan prison, said Beasley escaped at around 4 a.m. after sawing though a ceiling and jumping over a 20-foot wall behind the prison. Paul Anthony Hoffman, another American, was captured while trying to escape with Beasley.

Hoffman, 57, is serving a 20-month sentence for robbing a number of convenience stores at knifepoint, AFP reported.

“Paul was immediately recaptured by the locals who saw him trying to escape while Chrishan, who climbed up before him, managed to run away,” Nainggolan told the news agency.

Nainggolan also said the men may have used a ladder from a construction project at the women’s section of the prison to escape, ABC reported.

An investigation was underway to find out possible involvement of prison guards in the incident, said Surung Pasaribu of the local Law and Human Rights Ministry. He also said there is a shortage of guards for the prison, which was built to accommodate about 300 people but has nearly 1,600 inmates.

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SOURCE: Fox News, Paulina Dedaj