Robert Branch, the Hannibal man currently charged with child sexual molestation of two victims, has added another charge to his list: Felony attempted escape from custody, according to Marion County Prosecutor David Clayton.
Clayton stated that when Branch was arrested on his most recent charges, he was taken to the Monroe County Jail due to him having a conflict with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. Allegedly, during the booking process, the defendant tried to escape but was promptly detained.
The Probable Cause Statement stated that "after photographing and prior to re-securing Branch in the booking room, Branch stated he wasn’t going to stay here for this and attempted to escape by running through an unsecured door. He was detained prior to being able to exit the dispatch area. Branch was placed in cuffs and brought back to the booking room to finish the booking process."
Clayton reported that Branch now faces an E felony charge of Attempted Escape from Custody. It carries a range of punishment from 2 to 4 years in prison, or up to 1 year in jail, or a fine up to $10,000 or a combination. The defendant remains in custody on a $100,000 cash only bond.