Detroit Police search for prisoner who escaped from Ryan Correctional facility

DETROIT (WXYZ) - Hours after slipping away past security, a prison escapee remains on the run.

Police say the man escaped from the Ryan Correctional Facility in Detroit this morning. Detroit Police add that the inmate who escaped had been in a position of trust and, even more remarkable, scheduled to be released within a matter of days.

"The suspect's name is Adrian O'Brien Clay. Black male, black hair, brown eyes, 5"6. 161 lbs. 25-years-old,"says Chief James Craig.

Craig says, "Officers responded within a couple minutes and got assistance from MSP, who have since taken over the case. A helicopter could be seen scouring the surrounding area of the prison."

Near the scene, Robert Fort, a former Corrections Officer just dropping off clothes at a dry cleaners commented to say, "I'd imagine the escapee would take a life just so they don't go back to prison. Maybe I shouldn't say this but some guys deserve what they get."

Meantime, the Chief says the escapee had already served considerable time for car jacking and other offenses.

He was close to being released but will now likely serve at least a couple more years for the escape. An escape made possible byy the inmate earning trustee status and being placed in lower security. 

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