Victim fears for life after felon escapes

Thursday, July 24th 2008, 5:04 pm
By: News 9

By Amy Lester, NEWS 9

Joshua Albright escaped from Grant County Jail in Medford on Thursday and a 74-year-old woman he victimized is furious that the felon was able to get out.

"It's been a nightmare," Susan Collins said. "I've been victimized and victimized and victimized and victimized."

It was two years ago when Albright broke into Collins' home, robbed the blind woman, threatened to kill her and held her hostage. In June, Albright was sentenced to two 20-year prison terms.

"I'm astounded. How does this happen? How did this happen?" Collins said.

While a deputy was preparing to transfer Albright from the county jail to the Department of Corrections, Albright asked to use the restroom. He was not wearing handcuffs or shackles.

"He got into a first floor bathroom and locked the door behind him and opened a window and exited the window and got into a waiting sheriff's office vehicle," said Grant County Sheriff Roland Hula.

Albright fled in a marked Sheriff's office truck. The keys were inside the vehicle and the engine was running.

"There was mistakes made in the way he was handled that allowed this to happen," Hula said.

Collins said those mistakes have made her afraid for her life.

"I wish they could catch him," Collins said. "I really do because I had a closure on this and now it's open. The wound is opened up again."

Albright was driving a black 2008 four-door, crew-cab Ford F-150. The truck has black decals on the side that read Grand County Sheriff. Anyone who sees Albright is encouraged to call 911.

Initial reports said Albright has access to weapons in the truck, but those reports were later denounced by officials.