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Woman allegedly drove escaped inmate to Omaha

Posted at 3:26 PM, Jun 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-15 18:28:58-04

Douglas County Judge Cheryl Lohaus makes sure it will cost a lot of money to get out of jail for the woman who allegedly helped prison escapee Timothy Clausen.

Wanda Minor, 50, is charged with aiding and abetting, and her bond is set at 10% of $500,000 on Wednesday at the Douglas County Jail.

Prosecutor say Minor admitted to picking up Clausen at an undisclosed location in Lincoln and drove him to Omaha.  She also allegedly told Clausen that he couldn't stay with her because she didn't want to get in trouble, but allowed him to use her phone to make a call.  Clausen is still at large, and should be considered dangerous.

"If you simply look at his history and what he's done and the fact that he's escaped several times and then what he did to get out on this occasion there's no question about that,” said Douglas Co. Attorney Don Kleine.

 

Clausen was serving a 50 year prison sentence for sexual assault of a child, and Minor was charged with tampering with a witness in that case.  He previously served time for manslaughter.

In jail court this morning, Judge Lohaus called Minor, "A high risk for hiding a fugitive who sexually assaults children and she has kids at home.

Minor's mother, Lucille Collins, said her daughter was scared of him and if she would’ve known what Minor was doing she would’ve stopped her. Collins adds that she wouldn’t hesitate to turn Clausen in.

"I wish I did. They don't have to give me a dime to turn him in.  I don't need nothing, no money to turn them in.  I just want to get rid of him, turn him in," Collins explained.

Clausen and Armon Dixon escaped the Lincoln Correctional Center on June 10th by hiding in laundry baskets taken from the facility.  Dixon was found hiding in a Lincoln storm drain the next day.  The convicted sex offender, Clausen, was last spotted near 18th & Grace St. around 10pm on June 12.

The US Marshals, and Omaha Police Dept. are offering a cash reward for information.   Call 911 or OPD at 402-444-7867 if you see him.  There is a $7,500 cash reward for his arrest.