ON THE LOOSE: Inmates hide in pantry, use kitchen knife to escape from Indiana jail

Search launched for two men

HENRY COUNTY, Ind. - Authorities launched a search Monday morning after two inmates pried their way out of an east-central Indiana jail.

Henry County Sheriff Butch Baker told our Indianapolis sister station RTV6 that one of the inmates, Michael Bertram, 37, was able to hide himself sometime in the early morning hours (roughly 4 a.m. Monday) in a two-story wooden pantry that is located inside the Henry County Jail's rec room.

While there, Sheriff Baker said Bertram removed a piece of plywood that was used to store food and was able to gain access to the roof of the structure. Still inside the indoor rec room, investigators said he used the wood to pry open the metal siding on a wall near the roof. Investigators said he was more easily able to create a hole because he was using a knife from the jail's kitchen.

From there, Bertram reportedly hopped down from the roof and ran away.

A second inmate, Johnny Dennis, 41, was waxing floors when Bertram escaped. The sheriff believes Dennis was acting as a lookout at this point, because once Bertram was free, Dennis followed him out the same way.

Investigators said they don't know where the two were headed, but they could be dangerous. Bertram was being held on charges of drug dealing and robbery; Dennis was being held on robbery and aggravated assault charges.

Authorities said the men are most likely to be armed with a knife that went missing from the jail's kitchen.

If you or anyone you know have information on these escaped inmates, you're urged to call the Henry County Sheriff's Office at (765) 529-4901 or simply dial 911.

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