An inmate escaped Wednesday while being transported from a Jefferson County jail to a Denver detention facility, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.

Leigha Bowie, 33, was one of several female inmates being transported to locations along a pre-determined route. Bowie was dropped off at a work release facility near West Colfax Avenue and Simms Street around 7:40 a.m., according to the Sheriff's Office.

That's when she ran from the facility, the Sheriff's Office said.

Bowie was booked into the Jeffco detention center Oct. 22 for second-degree assault, first-degree criminal trespass, felony menacing, theft and a failure to appear-drug paraphernalia warrant, according to the Sheriff's Office.

She was given a release order on those charges Dec. 3 and on Monday was being transported to Denver for warrants related to traffic violations, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said.

Bowie is described as African-American with brown hair and brown eyes. She is 5 feet, 5 inches tall and was last seen boarding a Regional Transportation District (RTD) bus wearing a white T-shirt and red long-sleeve shirt under a yellow Jefferson County Sheriff's Office shirt, as well as multi-colored leggings, and yellow shoes.

Anyone with information on Bowie's whereabouts is asked to contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867.

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