US citizen escapes from notorious prison in Bali

An American man is on the run after escaping from Bali's infamous Kerobokan prison on Monday.

Chrishan Beasley, 32, sawed through steel bars above his cell with a hacksaw and used a rope to rappel down a 20-foot wall, authorities said. 

The Californian was arrested in August at a post office, carrying a package containing 5.7 grams of hashish, The Associated Press reported. 

He escaped with another U.S. citizen, 57-year-old Paul Anthony Hoffman, who was serving a 20-month sentence for robbery. Hoffman was captured as he climbed down the wall. Beasley, who had gone over first, managed to run away.

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A general view shows the Kerobokan jail in Denpasar on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on February 6, 2014. High-profile Australian drug trafficker Schapelle Corby will learn within days whether she will be granted parole from an Indonesian jail following a lengthy bid to win early release, a minister said on February 5, 2014. AFP PHOTO/SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
Security personnel walks in front of Kerobokan prison after four foreign inmates have escaped from it, in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia, June 19, 2017. Antara Foto/Nyoman Budhiana via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. INDONESIA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN INDONESIA.
Prisoners move a metal fence inside of the Kerobokan prison in Denpasar, on the Indonesian island of Bali February 28, 2015. Australian death row prisoners Andrew Chan, 31, and Myuran Sukumaran, 33, two members of the so-called Bali Nine group are currently jailed in Kerobokan prison. According to the Head of Kerobokan prison Sudjonggo, who spoke to a local newspaper, as many as 40 percent of the 900 prisoners in Kerobokan have committed drug-related offences. Picture taken February 28, 2015. REUTERS/Beawiharta (INDONESIA - Tags: CRIME LAW ANIMALS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
A cat looks on in front of the third gate Kerobokan prison in Denpasar, on the Indonesian island of Bali February 28, 2015. Australian death row prisoners Andrew Chan, 31, and Myuran Sukumaran, 33, two members of the so-called Bali Nine group are currently jailed in Kerobokan prison. According to the Head of Kerobokan prison Sudjonggo, who spoke to a local newspaper, as many as 40 percent of the 900 prisoners in Kerobokan have committed drug-related offences. Picture taken February 28, 2015. REUTERS/Beawiharta (INDONESIA - Tags: CRIME LAW ANIMALS)
A prisoner prays in front of Kerobokan prison in Denpasar, on the Indonesian island of Bali March 1, 2015. Australian death row prisoners Andrew Chan, 31, and Myuran Sukumaran, 33, two members of the so-called Bali Nine group are currently jailed in Kerobokan prison. According to the Head of Kerobokan prison Sudjonggo, who spoke to a local newspaper, as many as 40 percent of the 900 prisoners in Kerobokan have committed drug-related offences. Picture taken March 1, 2015. REUTERS/Beawiharta (INDONESIA - Tags: RELIGION CRIME LAW)
A guard keeps watch at a guard house at Kerobokan prison in Denpasar, on the Indonesian island of Bali March 1, 2015. Australian death row prisoners Andrew Chan, 31, and Myuran Sukumaran, 33, two members of the so-called Bali Nine group are currently jailed in Kerobokan prison. According to the Head of Kerobokan prison Sudjonggo, who spoke to a local newspaper, as many as 40 percent of the 900 prisoners in Kerobokan have committed drug-related offences. Picture taken March 1, 2015. REUTERS/Beawiharta (INDONESIA - Tags: CRIME LAW)
Motorcyclists ride their vehicles past the Kerobokan prison in Denpasar on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on June 19, 2017. Four foreign prisoners have tunnelled out of jail on Indonesia's tourist island of Bali, including an Australian man who was going to be freed within months, police said on June 19. / AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
Motorcyclists ride their vehicles past the Kerobokan prison in Denpasar on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on June 19, 2017. Four foreign prisoners have tunnelled out of jail on Indonesia's tourist island of Bali, including an Australian man who was going to be freed within months, police said on June 19. / AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
DENPASAR, BALI, INDONESIA - MARCH 03: A prison officer stands guard in front of Kerobokan prison on March 3, 2015 in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. Bali Nine duo Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran will be transferred to the execution island Nusukamban where they will await their fate. Chan and Sukumaran were both sentenced to death after being found guilty of attempting to smuggle 8.3kg of heroin valued at around $4 million from Indonesia to Australia along with 7 other accomplices. (Photo by Agung Parameswara/Getty Images)
This general view shows Kerobokan prison in Denpasar on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on October 11, 2011 The recent arrest of a 14-year-old Australian boy on alleged drug possession in the Kuta area has brought the island into the spotlight again after a number of headline making arrests the past few years. The 14-year-old Australian boy arrested for alleged marijuana possession and reportedly being held at Kerobakan, may escape a prison term, police said on October 11. Several Australians have been arrested for drug possession on Bali island in recent years, while two traffickers are on death row and six serving life sentences in Bali's Kerobokan jail. AFP PHOTO / Sonny TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
An armed Indonesian soldier checks his mobile phone at a buddhist sculpture workshop outside the Kerobokan prison in Denpasar on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on the third day of rioting February 24, 2012. Foreign inmates evacuated from Kerobokan prison where rioting prisoners seized control this week have been returned to the jail at their request, authorities said on February 24. AFP PHOTO / ROMEO GACAD (Photo credit should read ROMEO GACAD/AFP/Getty Images)
A general view shows a barbed wire fence running along the Kerobokan jail in Denpasar on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on February 6, 2014. High-profile Australian drug trafficker Schapelle Corby will learn within days whether she will be granted parole from an Indonesian jail following a lengthy bid to win early release, a minister said on February 5, 2014. AFP PHOTO/SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
To go with 'Indonesia-prison-rights-Kerobokan,FEATURE' by Angela DEWAN This picture taken in November 2012 shows a female detainee looking through her cell bars at Kerobokan prison, Indonesia's most infamous prison located in the holiday island of Bali that has undergone a radical transformation. But those who spend time in Kerobokan prison on the holiday island of Bali say the jail is still a cesspool of bribery, drugs and clandestine sex, despite a management overhaul aimed at cleaning up its image. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
DENPASAR, BALI, INDONESIA - JULY 12: A person parks a motorcycle at Kerobokan prison on July 12, 2012 in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. A convicted drug trafficker on death row has recently put forth to the Indonesian President a plea for clemency. Among Kerobokan's high profile inmates are Australia's Schapelle Corby and the Bali Nine. A number of riots have occurred in recent years at Kerobokan Prison. (Photo by Yuli Seperi/Getty Images)
An Indonesian security official stands guard outside the Kerobokan prison on the resort island of Bali on August 11, 2003. Amrozi was being transferred to the prison after a court sentenced him to death on Thursday. Amrozi, sentenced to death for last year's Bali bombings, lodged an appeal against his conviction on Monday despite saying during his trial that he wanted to die a martyr. Lawyers for Amrozi, dubbed the "smiling bomber" for his chilling grin and expressions of delight at the Bali carnage, said they had filed the appeal on their client's instructions. REUTERS/Crack EN/TW
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Kerobokan is a hellish facility known for brutal violence, overcrowding and too few guards. 

An investigation is underway to determine if prison staff helped the men, according to a spokesperson for the Law and Human Rights Ministry. 

The prison on Indonesia's resort island was designed to hold 300 people, but has nearly 1,600 inmates.

The country has extremely strict drug laws that sometimes include the death penalty. Beasley was awaiting sentencing for his conviction.

It was the second time since June that foreign prisoners have escaped the institution. Four inmates fled through a drainage tunnel. Bulgarian Dimitar Nikolov Iliev and Indian Sayed Mohammed Said were arrested days later in East Timor.

Shaun Edward Davidson of Australia and Tee Koko King bin Tee Kim Sai of Malaysia are still at large, the wire service reported.  

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