Convicted murderer in Illinois overpowers guard, escapes: police

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Posted: Apr 01, 2015 9:32 AM

(Reuters) - A convicted murderer in Illinois was on the run on Wednesday after he overpowered a jail guard and took his keys and uniform, authorities said.

Kamron Taylor escaped the Jerome Combs Detention Center in Kankakee, about 60 miles south of Chicago, at about 3 a.m. and fled in the correctional officer's Brown 2012 Chevrolet Equinox, the Kankakee County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

Taylor, who is considered armed and dangerous, was convicted of murder and was awaiting sentencing, according to the sheriff.

(Reporting by Brendan O'Brien; Editing by Fiona Ortiz and Mohammad Zargham)