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Escape attempt thwarted at Greenville Co. jail

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Jason Solesbee (Greenville Co. Detention Center) Jason Solesbee (Greenville Co. Detention Center)
Authorities say Solesbee was inside the inmate recreation area, which is surrounded by other buildings and walls. (Aug. 27, 2012/FOX Carolina) Authorities say Solesbee was inside the inmate recreation area, which is surrounded by other buildings and walls. (Aug. 27, 2012/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

An inmate recreation area became the scene of a brazen escape attempt at the Greenville County Detention Center on Monday afternoon, authorities said.

Officials said 29-year-old Jason Solesbee attempted to use a sheet to climb over razor wire while in the recreation area for inmates about 1:30 p.m. Monday.

Solesbee became tangled and suffered cuts as a result of contact with the wire, thwarting the escape, officials said. The attempt was allegedly done in full view of inmates and guards.

Officials said the escape attempt was brazen but not planned out.

"It took place in an outdoor recreation area which was surrounded by other buildings," said Bob Mihalic, Greenville County Government Affairs Coordinator. "It was a very secure area."

Solesbee had been held at the detention center since July on charges of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, and criminal domestic violence.

Chrystal Tyler said she was attacked by Solesbee and told FOX Carolina that if he had escaped, she thinks she would have been his first stop.

"What's going through my mind right now is oh my God, it's totally a shock because he told me he was going to do this, he told me he was coming," said Tyler.

A SLED background check also revealed another escape charge out of the Greer Police Department in 2001.

At a bond hearing Monday night, a judge set Solesbee's bond at $150,000 on the new charge of escape. He remained at the Greenville County Detention Center Monday night.

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