Woman found hiding in attic insulation
Published 11:27 pm Wednesday, October 8, 2008
An Andalusia woman now faces two counts of third-degree burglary after illegally entering a residence twice in one night.
Andalusia Police Department investigator Sgt. Barney Tyree said Rachel E. Frank, 22, of Andalusia, was found hiding in the attic of a local residence after officers responded to a 911 hang up.
“Dispatchers received a 911 call from a male resident at approximately 6:08 p.m. Tuesday,” Tyree said. “The male subject provided his name and address, but then hung up the phone.”
According to Tyree, officers responded to the residence and were informed by the male subject that Frank was inside the residence. Tyree said Frank had been instructed not to return to the residence and had been placed under a court order to maintain distance from the property.
“I arrived at the residence and was informed by the male subject that Frank was inside,” Tyree said. “I began to search the residence and found Frank hiding under some insulation in the attic area. She was brought back to the police department and placed in a room to await questioning.”
Tyree said Frank earned her first of two counts of third-degree escape after escaping from custody prior to questioning, but was quickly apprehended at the location of the original offense.
“I was able to determine that she had gone back to the same residence,” Tyree said. “I located her hiding within the residence, she was charged with a second count of third-degree burglary for illegally obtaining entry into the residence and she was brought back to the police department.”
According to Tyree, Frank attempted one last escape prior to being transported to the Covington County Jail.
“After booking was completed an officer was placing Frank into a patrol car to be transported to the Covington County Jail,” he said. “She broke away from the officer and attempted to escape. We were able to detain her behind the library and she was then transported to the Covington County Jail.”
Tyree said Frank would now face two counts of third-degree burglary and two counts of third-degree escape with a total bond of $40,000, adding that steps are being taken to ensure similar situations do no occur in the future.
“We are looking into possible procedural changes for handling suspects while in custody,” Tyree said.