SCREVEN CO., Ga. (WTOC) - UPDATE - An escaped inmate has been captured in Screven County.
Officials say Frederick Jones is back behind bars Wednesday morning after escaping from jail four days ago.
The Screven County Sheriff’s Office says several departments helped to find and capture Jones. They say just before midnight, law enforcement executed a search warrant on Waters Grove Road and Jones was taken into custody without incident.
Jones was being held on Armed Robbery charges before he escaped.
Sheriff Mike Kile says this isn’t the first time they’ve had an escaped inmate, but this time was due to a moment of inattention on the jailer’s part.
“For reasons nobody knows, he left a door where it’s cracked open or didn’t close completely. And he did that for two doors,” said Sheriff Kile.
The sheriff’s office says there could be more arrests if there was someone who helped Jones hide.
The Screven County Sheriff’s Office is searching for an escaped inmate.
According to the sheriff’s office, 38-year-old Frederick Lamont Jones escaped from the Screven County Jail on Saturday, Feb. 13. He was being held on armed robbery charges.
The sheriff’s office states that his escape was not planned and that he took advantage of “a moment of inattention on the part of jail staff and fled without offering violence.” The sheriff’s office is investigating, and disciplinary measures are being considered for the employees involved with Jones’ escape.
Sheriff Mike Kile calls this escape “frustrating.” Jones took off on his bare feet Saturday seconds after a jailer looked in on his cell block.
“For reasons nobody knows, he left a door where it’s cracked open or didn’t close completely. And he did that for two doors,” Sheriff Kile said.
The sheriff says Jones was spotted near some woods Sunday, still in his orange jumpsuit. He suspects somebody somewhere of helping him hide.
“Which there’s a very severe penalty for that. They’ll be out here with him...and they can talk about their good times, and their bad,” Sheriff Kile said.
Jones has a long criminal history. In 2019, he was arrested in the beating and robbery of a 60-year-old clerk at this gas station. The sheriff says they consider him very dangerous.
“He’ll turn on whoever’s with him if he thinks they’ll call. He’ll hurt them. That’s who’s most likely to get hurt,” Sheriff Kile said.
Anyone with information regarding his location should call the Sheriff’s Office at 912-564-2013 or 911. A reward of $1,000 for information leading to his arrest is still in effect.