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Ala. inmate escapes after assault, carjack

The Associated Press

BESSEMER, Ala. — Alabama authorities say a jail inmate charged with murder is on the loose after he overpowered a bailiff, took his weapon and uniform, and stole a van at gunpoint.

Authorities say Lakendall Sims was being taken to a court hearing in Bessemer when he asked to have one handcuff removed to use the bathroom. Court officials say he then attacked the bailiff, inflicting minor bumps and bruises.

Police locked down the courthouse and blocked several streets downtown to search for Sims. Authorities say no one was hurt when he commandeered the van from a woman.

Sims' attorney appealed to him to surrender in an interview with a local television station.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office warns Sims is armed and dangerous.

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