Escaped Inmate Now Back in Custody In Lauderdale County

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Jerry Don Crowden (Photo: Lauderdale County Detention Center)

FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) –  Jerry Don Crowden is back in custody after authorities say he escaped from the Lauderdale County Detention Center on Saturday.

Tuscumbia Police were searching a house on Cave Street on Sunday just after 5:00 p.m. The Tuscumbia Police Chief said they had probable cause to search the house for an unrelated issue and found Crowden hiding in a closet.

Authorities say Crowden gave officers a false name. However, officers recognized him and realized he was an escapee. Officers arrested him on warrants out of Lauderdale County. He was taken back to the Lauderdale County Jail this afternoon Sunday.

Officials said Crowden escaped from the Lauderdale County Detention Center on Saturday morning, between 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. According to investigators, Crowden had been outside in the exercise yard when staff noticed him missing.

Jail staff found Crowden’s jail issued uniform on the top of the building.  Detectives believe Crowden climbed to the top of the jail, and jumped over the fence.

Investigators say Crowden was in jail for theft and burglary related charges.  According to detectives, Crowden is also a registered sex offender.