MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) was looking for an inmate, who was in jail awaiting trial for sex offenses and burglary charges, after he reportedly escaped Sunday but he has since been taken back into custody.
MCSO said that on Sunday morning Morgan County Jail corrections officers notified the sheriff’s office that Jeremy Taylor, of Hartselle, escaped from the jail. He was located and taken in early Monday morning.
A post by the MCSO said that investigators and US Marshalls conducted over 20 interviews over the next 12 hours, gathering “tips from the public and other bits of information to determine the whereabouts of the escaped inmate.”
Investigators determined that Taylor went to Huntland, Tennessee, located in Franklin County, Tenn.
MCSO said that at the same time, officers with the Franklin County Sheriff’s were alerted there was a fugitive near Robinson Creek in Huntland. Deputies made contact with Taylor at the creek and arrested him.
Authorities said that Taylor is being held in Franklin County on a fugitive from justice warrant, pending extradition back to Alabama.
Morgan County investigators have obtained a warrant for second-degree escape with a $250,000 bond. The escape charge will be added to the following charges that Taylor was in jail awaiting trial for:
- Two counts of domestic violence – rape
- Two counts of burglary – breaking & entering auto
- Kidnapping an adult for sexual assault
- Two counts of first-degree sodomy
- First-degree burglary of a non-residence
- Unlawful possession of a controlled substance
MCSO said they believe Taylor was able to escape by busting through a window that was previously considered to be securely built into the facility.
An investigation into the escape and who may have helped Taylor escape is ongoing, MCSO said.