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Man under arrest flees in second major escape this month in Atlanta

The Associated Press

ATLANTA- A man arrested on drug and weapons charges fled from a police van Tuesday, the second major escape this month in a city where another inmate is accused of a deadly courthouse shooting rampage last March.

Elton Daniels, 23, may have kicked out the back door of the city police vehicle taking him to the Fulton County Jail after his arrest earlier in the day, police spokeswoman Sylvia Abernathy said.

Students at eight schools in Atlanta were kept inside until classes ended while authorities searched unsuccessfully for Daniels.

Earlier this month, a man charged with marijuana possession, reckless conduct and cruelty to children fled from the county jail as he was being taken in. He was found nearby three hours later. Eleven Atlanta schools were locked down during the search.

On March 11, a Fulton County prisoner overpowered a deputy and escaped from the courthouse in downtown Atlanta. A judge, a court reporter and another deputy were shot to death. Brian Nichols is charged with murder.

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