BOONE COUNTY, Mo. (KMIZ)
The man accused of shooting at an Ashland police officer in December is now charged with attempting to escape custody.
Boone County prosecutors charged Eusebio Barajas-Real on Friday with attempted escape from custody, damage to jail property and possession of a weapon at a jail.
According to a probable cause statement, just after 1 a.m. Friday, Barajas-Real broke a towel bar off of a desk in his holding cell that he "intended on using as a weapon against other inmates."
Court documents also said that he used that same towel bar to dig the grout out from around the window in his cell, trying to loosen it so that he could escape.
Online court records show his bond was denied based on the "nature of pending charges." The records also said denying him bond would secure the safety of the public.
Deputies initially arrested Barajas-Real in Ashland on Dec. 19, a couple of days after he allegedly shot at police officers. Authorities said he pulled out a gun and shot an officer's vehicle. Police said the window of the cruiser was damaged.