Manhunt Continues for Jail Escapee

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Fri, October 5 2012 at 3:36 PM, Updated: Fri, October 5 2012 at 3:49 PM

A man that escaped from the Klamath County Jail Thursday is still on the loose tonight...the man's mother, and a friend are suspected of assisting in his escape.

25 year old Kenneth Banes was able to make his way through a fence at the Klamath County Jail early Thursday morning...and he's still on the loose.

"We've got three agencies working on this."  Klamath County Sheriff Tim Evinger added:  "We've got a western states teletype out to all law enforcement agencies to be on the lookout for Mr. Banes."

Evinger notes that Banes' 46 year old mother Kathleen Delaney, and 21 year old friend Syndahl McFarland are both in jail for allegedly helping Banes escape...

"Investigators believe that his mom, Ms. Delaney, took clothing and other items over to McFarland's house in preparation for his escape."

Police believe Banes made his way to McFarland's apartment on Main Street.

"McFarland was one of those people who had visitation with him recently."  Said Sheriff Evinger.  "And detectives went to her house, and during a search of that residence, they found the clothing."

Banes has an extensive and somewhat colorful criminal history in Klamath Falls, including some unusual crimes.

Banes was arrested in 2006 for stealing a Frito-Lay delivery van.

He was convicted for burglarizing Balin's Tower Drug and Gifts in 2010 by sneaking in through the roof.

After his release from jail last year, police say Banes used the same method of entry to break into the Dollar Tree, and Liberty Tax Service.

Police are confident that Banes will be back behind bars soon.

"Mr. Banes will be returned to the Klamath County Jail."  Predicts Sheriff Evinger.  "It's just a matter of when."

Delaney and McFarland were arraigned this afternoon, and remain jailed on charges of second-degree escape by aiding and abetting, and hindering prosecution.

If they're convicted, Klamath County District Attorney Ed Caleb says the two could face possible prison time depending on their criminal history.


About the Author

Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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