EMANUEL COUNTY, Ga. (WTOC) - An escaped inmate has been recaptured in Emanuel County.
Dustin Allen Sikes reportedly escaped while on work detail. The Toombs County Sheriff’s Office states he took a gray 2000 Chevrolet Silverado with “Emanuel County” on the side.
He was back in custody less than three hours after escaping.
Emanuel County Sheriff J. Tyson Stephens says Sikes had been a trustee for a little while. He says the jail administrator had assigned him to the crew that checks on heat and air systems at the county buildings. The sheriff says Sikes asked if he could go get something out of the work truck. The supervisor noticed after five minutes that he hadn’t come back. He rushed outside to find the truck gone.
Officials found the truck in the parking lot of an apartment building about a mile from where Sikes took off. Investigators are trying to figure out if he had planned this escape or seized the opportunity. The sheriff says there’s also the question of how Sikes was given trustee status while he awaits trial for assault and kidnapping.
“We’re currently reviewing our protocol on which ones we allow off of county property,” Sheriff Stephens said.
Sikes somehow called for a cab, and that’s who dropped him a dozen miles away in Twin City. Wanda Hall says he came into her store looking for a ride to Oak Park. She says troopers and deputies swarmed in.
“They got out their handcuffs and start searching him, and we’re all like ‘oh my God, what in the world is going on?”
The sheriff isn’t sure what convinced Sikes to attempt the escape.
Sheriff Stephens says Sikes could be facing as much as 10 years on the escape charges, which are separate from his original case. Meanwhile, Hall says they’ve never had this much excitement around the store, and she hopes they never do again.