A 28-year-old Lake City man briefly escaped the Sac County jail Friday when he kicked open a fire exit door and climbed out of a window, according to a Sac County Sheriff's report.
Dylan Lee Pedersen had been arrested Thursday for assaulting his girlfriend by slamming a door four times on her foot and hip as she tried to leave a rural Rockwell City house the day before.
Calhoun County does not have a jail, and people who are arrested there are often taken to the Sac County jail instead.
At about 7:30 p.m. on Friday, a Sac jailer saw Pedersen repeatedly kicking a fire exit door and called for help. But before sheriff's deputies arrived, Pedersen was able to kick the door open, go down a stairway into the jail's kitchen and escape out of a window.
Pedersen was three blocks away from the jail when a deputy apprehended him moments later. He faces a felony charge for escape from custody, which is punishable by up to five years in prison if he is convicted.
Pedersen has been accused twice in the past month of felony domestic abuse assault. On July 12 he allegedly punched the same girlfriend in the ribs, court records show. Both of the charges are also punishable by up to five years in prison.
In 2016, he threatened an ex-girlfriend with a box cutter, according to court records. In 2017, he sneaked into a house through a window and pinned down that ex-girlfriend while she slept.
Later in 2017, Pedersen punched, pushed, slapped, kneed and kicked his more-recent girlfriend and dragged her by the hair in Lytton, court records show.