2 Virginia juvenile prison escapees captured in Michigan
RICHMOND, Va, (AP) — Two inmates who escaped from a Virginia juvenile prison two weeks ago have been captured in Michigan, federal authorities said.
A fugitive task force in Grand Rapids, Michigan, led by U.S. marshals arrested Rashad E. Williams and Jabar Ali Taylor late Saturday afternoon at a Battle Creek hotel without incident, according to a news release from the U.S. Marshals Service.
The Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice said Taylor, 20, and Williams, 18, escaped from Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center on July 13 through a hole that was cut in the perimeter fence.
The pair used a cord to choke a security staff member unconscious, officials said, taking the person’s keys and fleeing. A getaway vehicle sat outside the detention center, according to marshals. A center worker was later charged with helping the inmates escape.
Taylor, from Spotsylvania County, had been convicted of two counts of second-degree murder and aggravated malicious assault. Williams, from Washington D.C., was convicted of malicious wounding and robbery.
The marshals pursued leads in several states, and information showed the escapees had initially fled to Pennsylvania, the news release said. The release didn’t describe why the inmates went to Michigan, where they were to be held in the Calhoun County Jail.
Several Michigan law enforcement agencies and the FBI helped with the capture.