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VIDEO: Woman's attempt to escape Ohio jail is an epic fail, tears down ceiling

Posted at 4:36 PM, Feb 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-20 19:46:38-05

DAYTON, Ohio — (WHIO/CNN) - An epic fail was caught on camera at a jail in Ohio when a woman tried to escape with cameras inmates and officers watching.

She did not make it very far and it was a huge jailbreak blunder.

Jessica Boomershine, 42, was in jail after she and another man were accused of breaking into a house and assaulting and 85-year-old man in Miamisburg, Ohio.

In the video, Boomershine is seen using a chair to attempt to climb into the ceiling in the jail waiting area while awaiting for a court appearance on Jan. 21.

She stood on the seat attached to this kiosk for several minutes, staring at the ceiling, then stepped down. Boomershine then dragged a chair over, apparently for more stable footing.

She waits for a while, with no one paying attention, and then climbs up on top of the monitor.

After a brief 30-second pause, she then presumably moves a ceiling tile out of the way.

And then, with other inmates now watching closely, climbs up and out of sight.

The bid for freedom ends fast, 15 seconds later, the first debris falls and corrections officers come into sight in the video.

One officer walks past just seconds before the ceiling completely gives way and Boomershine drops back through to the waiting area.

More officers run over to grab her legs and she loses her grip, luckily landing partially on a trash can to avoid slamming her head onto the tile floor.

The ill-fated escape leaves Boomershine dazed, onlookers amazed and ductwork and wires exposed and hanging from the ceiling.

Boomershine was arrested a few days before the escape attempt when police identified her and Billy Joe Farra as the people that befriended an 85- year-old man at this casino.

Jessica Boomershine
Jessica Boomershine

Boomershine told the elderly man she was broke and homeless and he invited her to his house to give her food.

She came back the next day with Farra and they broke in, ransacked the place and assaulted the 85-year-old man.

The victim was recovering back at home by the time Boomershine fell back through the ceiling during her attempted climb to freedom.

Now, the 42-year-old woman is facing new charges for escape and destruction of property on top of the targeting of the 85-year-old victim.

She later appeared in court this week -- this time in person with no efforts to escape.