Louisville, Kentucky, Inmates Use Bed Sheets to Escape Corrections Center

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By Alexander Smith and Andrew Rudansky

Two inmates escaped a Kentucky corrections center by tying bed sheets together and climbing down the side of a four-story building, officials said Tuesday.

Christopher A. Cornelius, 37, and Matthew William Johnson, 29, were being held at the Community Corrections Center in downtown Louisville for alleged heroin possession, the Louisville Metro Department of Corrections said in a statement.

Matthew William Johnson, left, and Christopher A. Cornelius escaped a Kentucky corrections center.Louisville Metro Department of Corrections

The pair — both minimum security inmates — escaped the building Monday evening while they were "assigned to an interior work detail," the statement said.

Cornelius and Johnson were back in custody as of early Tuesday, according to the department of corrections and NBC affiliate WAVE.

"(Cornelius) has what appears to be minor injuries and is being evaluated by medical staff," the statement added. It did not provide any more information on how he was recaptured or sustained injuries.

The department of corrections said warrants had been issued for both men charging them with felony escape.