Lane Malouff runs out of tree after climbing a pine in Colorado Springs.
Lane Malouff runs out of tree after climbing a pine in Colorado Springs. (Jerilee Bennett / The (Colorado Springs) Gazette)

Police: Man scaling jail fence was trying to get in, not out

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — Authorities say a man caught climbing a fence at a Southern California jail was trying to get in, not out.

Sheriff's officials say 28-year-old Shane James McDonald wasn't a prisoner at the Central Detention Center in San Bernardino when he was spotted scaling the perimeter fence early Sunday. But he did have a warrant out for his arrest.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise reports that McDonald was arrested on suspicion of trespassing and on the warrant. It's not clear on what charge he was wanted.

Officials aren't sure why McDonald wanted to get into the jail, but that's where he ended up. He's being held in lieu of $25,000 bail.

It wasn't immediately known if he had an attorney who could speak on his behalf.

Man climbs tree to avoid police, surrenders after 5 hours

COLORADO SPRINGS — A suspect in an assault tried to avoid police by climbing a Colorado tree and staying there for hours.

The 30-year-old man camped out in the Colorado Springs tree for about five hours Sunday evening, climbing down after police used tear gas and sprayed him with water.

Police say Lane Malouff was wanted on suspicion of assaulting the mother of his children and trying to strangle her in June in the small southern city of Alamosa.

During the standoff, officers didn't know if Malouff was armed and evacuated several nearby homes as a precaution. But residents seemed more amused than alarmed.


Colorado Springs news station KKTV reports that a crowd formed along the line of crime tape, with many taking videos and photos.

It's not clear if Malouff has a lawyer yet.

Associated Press