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Deputies find escaped inmate hiding in pantry

Deputies find escaped inmate hiding in pantry
Posted at 3:33 PM, Dec 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-13 13:55:01-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - An inmate has been charged with escape after deputies say he made a fake 'body' out of pillows on his bed and hid inside a pantry.

Jaouad Ben Assou has been charged with escape.

According to court documents, deputies noticed that Ben Assou's cell door was wide open during a clean-up inspection. When they looked inside, they saw his sheets pulled up over what appeared to be a sleeping person.

However, deputies noticed that the sheets weren't rising and falling to indicate a breathing person was underneath. When they pulled back the sheets, they discovered a rolled up pillow and blanket underneath, but no Ben Assou.

According to court documents, another inmate alerted deputies that Ben Assou was hiding in the pantry, which is only accessible by jumping over a four foot counter.

Once the inmate alerted deputies, "Ben Assou then hopped over the counter into the pod and proceeded to his room as if nothing happened." When asked why he was hiding, Ben Assou said that he was just joking around.

The inmate who alerted deputies told them that when he first noticed Ben Assou hiding in the pantry, Ben Assou "told him to shhh (be quiet) and to go away." 

Ben Assou was moved to high risk inmate confinement and was charged with escape. 

According to court documents, Ben Assou was in the detention facility for charges related to kidnapping, grand theft, robbery, and battery. He has plead not guilty to those charges and has been assigned a public defender.