County jail escapee back behind bars
by Elane Jones
Jun 23, 2012 | 2869 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jonathan Lamar Smith
Jonathan Lamar Smith
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A Walker County Jail inmate who escaped early Friday morning while on trustee duty was back in custody late Friday afternoon.

Walker County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy James Painter said Jonathan Lamar Smith, 30, of Jasper, escaped from the Walker County Sheriff’s Office facility around 1:30 a.m. Friday while on trustee duty.

“The jail trustees were cleaning the lobby, and he just bolted out the door and took off running,” Painter said. “Patrol deputies and investigators from the sheriff’s office spent the day searching for him.”

Investigator Tim Thomas said Smith was taken into custody in a wooded area outside a residence off Carver Road in Cordova.

Thomas said police were pinging a cell phone Smith was believed to be using.

“We got a hit on it in that area,” Thomas said.

Patrol deputies were dispatched to the location and found Smith hiding in the woods. He was taken into custody without incident and brought back to the Walker County Jail, Thomas said.

“We were pinging a cell phone we found out he was using and got a hit on it in that area,” Thomas said, “so we sent patrol deputies to that location and they found him hiding out in the woods. He was taken into custody and brought back to the Walker County Jail.”