An Ada County Jail inmate worker who ran from outside the jail Thursday afternoon was taken into custody a little more than a half an hour later. Ryan Burningham, 31, of Nampa, ran from the parking lot outside the jail just before 4 p.m. while on his way to dump trash, according to the Ada County Sheriffs Office.
Burningham was walking with another inmate worker and staff supervisor outside the facility when he ran from the parking lot, over a fence, across the connector and behind businesses near Cole Road.
Moments later several witnesses reported seeing the man running near Fairview Avenue and Eldorado Street. Ada County Sheriffs deputies and Boise police responded immediately and set up a perimeter. Officers alerted neighbors in the area about the inmate. At about 4:30 p.m., a woman reported that she believed Burningham might be hiding in a shed behind a church in the 1400 block of Eldorado. When a Boise Police K9 team searched behind the church, the dog alerted to the shed, giving officers reason to believe the inmate was likely inside.
After several commands from officers, Burningham agreed to come out of the shed. He was taken into custody just after 4:35 p.m. without incident.
Burningham was transported back to the Ada County Jail where he will be booked on a charge of misdemeanor escape. Additional charges are possible.
Burningham had been in custody since Sept. 13 serving time on charges of probation violation and resisting/obstructing both misdemeanors. He was classified as low-risk and was an inmate worker assigned to kitchen duties. The 31-year-olds classification made him eligible to be outside of the secure areas of the jail for short periods of time while moving trash to the dumpsters.
Burningham is expected to be arraigned on the escape charge Friday in district court.