St. Mary’s jail inmate accused of escape attempt
Charged with rape in QA
LEONARDTOWN — A Kent County man charged with rape in Queen Anne’s County allegedly tried to escape Monday night, Aug. 6, from his pretrial custody at St. Mary’s jail, where a hole 3 feet in diameter was discovered in a bathroom ceiling.
Jeffrey Ronald Kindle “stated he does not know why he destroyed the ceiling,” according to charging papers, adding that he “stated he located a small hole in the ceiling, … (and) used his hands and a metal drain cover from the shower to expand the hole.”
No inmates have successfully broken out of the detention center, which opened in 1989.
“All they do is damage,” Capt. Deborah Diedrich, the facility’s acting commander, said Tuesday. “They can’t get anywhere. There’s no way out. It’s all (enclosed by) solid concrete.”
Kindle, 36, of Chestertown was arrested in late June and charged in Queen Anne’s County with rape, sex offenses and assault.
Major Michael Merican of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday that Kindle is being held in Leonardtown at the request of Queen Anne’s County authorities.
The hole discovered Monday in the drywall and metal ceiling in the bathroom of the inmate’s segregation pod would allow “him access to the drop ceiling, (and) inside of the drop ceiling, the defendant would have access to other portions of the detention center as well as to the exterior wall of the facility,” according to a statement of probable cause filed by Deputy Brian Fennessey.
In addition to the escape offense, Kindle was charged with destruction of property more than $1,000.
Kindle had been charged in Queen Anne’s County with first- and second-degree rape, four counts of sex offenses, perverted practice, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, false imprisonment, use of a dangerous weapon with intent to injure and malicious destruction of property.
When he was arrested in that case, police learned he was wanted for escape from the Morris Community Corrections facility in Delaware, and he also is a registered sex offender in Delaware for a 2001 fourth-degree rape of a victim under age 16, according to Lt. Dale Patrick, public information officer for the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office.
The St. Mary’s sheriff’s office is headquartered at the county’s governmental campus in Leonardtown.
JEFFREY RONALD KINDLE