Guard fired after prisoner escapes during East St. Louis casino visit

The CEO of the security company said, normally, the prisoners would be temporarily held at a county jail. But this time, the guard checked into the Casino Queen with the two prisoners.

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. – A guard is out of a job after police said he checked into a casino in East St. Louis and fell asleep, allowing one of the inmates he was transporting to escape with $5,200 from the guard's satchel.

East St. Louis police are looking for the escaped man, 33-year-old Brian Jordan, but said he was not considered to be armed.

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Guard Force International CEO Garden Brooks said the man was being transported from Oklahoma City, where he was caught in a stolen car, to a city in Texas, where he had violated parole for methamphetamine possession. The guard, Lamont Henderson, was in East St. Louis to meet up with another team after dropping off an inmate in Northwest Missouri.

Henderson and the two prisoners checked into Casino Queen at around 10 p.m. Sunday. Henderson told police he fell asleep for 40 minutes, and when he woke up, Jordan was gone along with $5,200 from his personal satchel.

Security video shows Jordan walking to the security firm's van at around 1:30 Monday morning to grab a cellphone and clothes before walking west toward the Eads Bridge.

East St. Louis Police were not aware the prisoners were in the area until Henderson called at 6:40 Monday morning. Henderson waited to call because he was looking for the man himself.

East St. Louis Police then called surrounding departments to alert them of the escape.

Although Henderson was supposed to be in East St. Louis he was fired for not following protocol, Brooks said. Brooks said normally, the prisoners would be temporarily held at a county jail.

Brooks said he didn't know if the guard was gambling and said the stop at the casino was unauthorized.

According to its website, Guard Force International was founded in 2006. The company is based in Austin, Texas and hires former military and police personnel.

Jordan is about 6-feet tall with a medium build.

Anyone with information about him is asked to call the East St. Louis Police Department at 618-482-6700.