Beloit man escapes from Rock County Courthouse
JANESVILLE—A man escaped his jail sentence—at least temporarily—by running out of the Rock County Courthouse on Thursday morning.
Judge John Roethe had just sentenced Mory A. Moore to six months in jail for failure to pay child support. The judge's sentence required Moore to be taken to jail immediately.
Immediately after Roethe pronounced sentence, Moore stood up at the defense table and bolted for the door to Courtroom A, said Capt. Brent DeRemer of the Rock County Sheriff's Office.
Moore had not been in custody, so he was not handcuffed or shackled, and no deputy was present, DeRemer said.
The court attendant, also known as the bailiff, was present, and he ran after Moore, catching him by the coat as he went through the turnstile to exit the building, DeRemer said.
The bailiff was left holding the coat as Moore shed it, turned right and tumbled down the stairs, then ran out of the building, DeRemer said.
Deputies pursued, but by that time Moore was too far down South Parker Drive for them to catch him, DeRemer said.
Arrest warrants have been issued, and Janesville and Beloit police were alerted, DeRemer said.
Moore, 28, is from the Beloit area. DeRemer did not have a current address.