Carey Stillwell Jr., 22, was arrested in Adamsville Wednesday in a joint effort of the Dora and Adamsville police departments as well as the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.
Dora Police Chief John Duchock said Stillwell was being held in the Dora City Jail on a failure to appear in court charge. Stillwell had been elevated to trustee status and was cleaning Dora City Hall in the mid-morning hours on Tuesday when he decided to flee — making his way through Dora and Sayre before reaching Adamsville on Wednesday.
After inmate checks revealed Stillwell’s absence, Duchock notified agencies throughout Walker and Jefferson counties, as well as obtained felony warrants for the suspect’s capture. Dora and Jefferson County officers conducted a search on Tuesday, using Facebook to obtain recent pictures of Stillwell and to track his movements through his friends’ addresses.
Duchock and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office received an anonymous tip on Stillwell’s location — revealing he was seen at a trailer park in Adamsville. A joint force of Dora, Adamsville and Jefferson County officials descended on the residence and found Stillwell hiding in a closet within the home.
The suspect was arrested and charged with felony third-degree escape. Stillwell is being held on a $15,000 cash bond at the Walker County Jail.
Stillwell revealed to Duchock in a post-arrest interview that his escape plan would take him to Fort Pierce, Fla., but was complicated due to a lack of funds to make the trip.
“He left with just the clothes on his back and if he would have made it across the state line, there would have been an additional charge of fugitive from justice he would have faced,” Duchock said. “The incredible aspect of this whole incident is the fact that his release date for his original arrest charge with us would have been Oct. 25 — so he would have been been out just days after this happened.”