Man arrested after escape from Reality House

Thursday, March 13, 2008 | 8:28 p.m. CDT; updated 7:55 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 16, 2008

COLUMBIA — Investigators said a Columbia man briefly escaped from an alternative sentencing facility on Thursday after he learned about a warrant for his arrest.

Nicholas Bono, 24, slipped out when another resident was exiting or entering Reality House at 1900 E. Prathersville Road, said Boone County Sheriff’s Captain Gary German.

At about 8 a.m., deputy Andy Evans spotted Bono running through a field near the facility. Evans approached Bono, who attempted to punch him, German said. The deputy knocked Bono to the ground, but he got up and ran for about 50 feet. The officer then tackled him.

Bono continued to resist until Evans aimed his Taser at the suspect, German said.

Bono had recently been informed of a warrant out for his arrest and may have thought he would be transferred to the state Department of Corrections, German said.

“He was told about the warrant, and that’s what kind of prompted him to take off,” German said.

No one at Reality House could be reached for comment.

Bono was arrested on suspicion of escape from confinement, resisting arrest and third-degree assault on a law enforcement officer.

He remained held Thursday at the Boone County Jail on $9,500 bond.

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