A transport driver was on his way back to Texas with two prisoners, but one escaped while he was sleeping at the Casino Queen Hotel.
East St. Louis Police Chief Jerry Simon confirmed police were looking for Brian Jordan, a 32-year-old white male who weighs 145 pounds from Oklahoma.
"He was wanted for a parole violation on methamphetamine in Texas," Simon said.
Jordan, another prisoner who was not identified by police, and the transport driver, 49-year-old Lamont Henderson, were in a room at the Casino Queen Hotel early Monday morning, when it appears Henderson fell asleep, Simon said.
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While Henderson was sleeping, Jordan allegedly took more than $5,000 that Henderson had and he left the room. Simon said video surveillance from the Casino Queen captured Jordan walking west on the Eads Bridge.
Simon said the driver never notified police that he was in the area and although Jordan escaped at 1:30 a.m. Monday, Henderson did not notify East St. Louis police until 6:30 a.m.
"We believe he was out looking for him himself," Simon said.
The prisoner transportation company Guard Force Inc. could not be reached for comment.
Anyone with information about Jordan's whereabouts can contact East St. Louis Police Department at 618-482-6700.