Kan. inmate escapes from work-release program

Officials say the inmate apparently walked away from a work release facility


Jason Tidd
The Wichita Eagle

WICHITA, Kan. — A Kansas prison inmate escaped from a Wichita facility, corrections officials said.

Minimum-custody inmate Christopher Zimbelman was placed on escape status just after midnight Sunday after he walked away from the Wichita Work Release Facility.

Kansas Department of Corrections officials with the Winfield Correctional Facility said Zimbelman, 42, left for work Saturday morning and was reported missing when he did not return Saturday evening.

Zimbelman was serving a 40-month sentence for convictions in Sedgwick County that include theft and violation of the Kansas offender registration act. His criminal history includes aggravated arson, criminal threat, criminal damage to property, battery against a correctional officer, aggravated assault, burglary, forgery and aggravated escape from custody.

Corrections officials described Zimbelman as 5-foot-11, 186 pounds with hazel eyes and brown hair. He has tattoos of “Amanda” on is neck, three dots near his left eye, and “CXW” on his right hand. He was last seen wearing a black hoodie with khaki pants, and a black baseball cap. He is also known as the aliases “Junior” and “Lil Bit.”

McClatchy-Tribune News Service
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