BOISE – Idaho Department of Correction officials say an inmate awaiting trial in Gooding County has escaped from the county jail – for a third time.

Scott Holmes latest escape from the jail happened at 9:30 p.m. Monday. 

He is a white male, 39, 6-foot-1, weighs 220 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes, and has a fair complexion.

Holmes has a history of escaping from the Gooding County Jail. He walked out an unlocked door in Sept. 2007, but was caught a short time later. However, during the booking process, Holmes assaulted a deputy and got free again. He was arrested by Arizona police two months later, following a traffic stop and returned to Idaho.

Gooding County Chief Deputy Jerry Pierce says this time Holmes rigged a door in the jail and then simply walked out.

At night there is one guard on duty, and Pierce says human error is to blame. The escape is still under investigation.

Holmes has previous convictions for burglary, aggravated assault and forgery in Twin Falls and Minidoka counties.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is urged to call police.



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