Manhunt launches for two ‘dangerous’ refugees, ages 18 and 20, who escaped from a Virginia juvenile prison after attacking a security guard
- Jabar Taylor (20) and Rashad Williams (18) broke out of the Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center in Chesterfield County, Virginia on July 13.
- Officials said they attacked a guard before slipping through a hole in a fence
- The men were last seen over 230 miles away in Lancaster, Pennsylvania
- Two prison staff and a family member of Williams were arrested in connection with the escape
- The US Marshals service offers a $ 5,000 reward for information leading to conquest
- “The danger of these fugitives and their escape should not be taken lightly by anyone,” said the U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Virginia.
A manhunt is underway for two fugitives who escaped from a Virginia prison nearly a week ago.
Jabar Taylor, 20, and Rashad Williams, 18, broke out of the Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center in Chesterfield County on July 13 after attacking a security guard, according to the US Marshals Service.
The men were recently spotted about 230 miles from the prison in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, officials said Saturday when they urged the public to remain alert.
“The danger of these fugitives and their escape should not be taken lightly by anyone,” said Nick E Proffitt, U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Virginia, in a statement.
“The fugitives have gone to great lengths to influence the escape, and they pose a significant threat to any law enforcement officer or citizen who may encounter them.”
A manhunt is underway for fugitive Jabar Taylor, 20, (left) and Rashad Williams, 18, (right) who escaped from a juvenile prison in Chesterfield County, Virginia on July 13.
Taylor and Williams broke out of the Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center (pictured) after attacking a security guard, according to the US Marshals Service
Taylor was behind bars after being convicted of two counts of first-degree murder and exacerbating deliberate assault, officials said, while Williams was convicted of deliberate injuries and robberies.
The Marshals Service said the men escaped by attacking a correctional officer and then slipping through a hole in a fence before fleeing into a getaway car parked outside the prison.
Officials believe the men moved north because they have “ significant known ties ” to northern Virginia, Washington DC, Maryland, Delaware, Philadelphia, New Jersey, New York, and North Carolina.
The agency said the couple would be together, but it’s possible they were divorced.
The Lancaster County prosecutor issued a press release on Saturday confirming that the fugitives have recently been spotted in the area.
The men are said to have stayed at a Homewood Suites hotel in Lancaster earlier last week, and captured surveillance footage at a nearby store in Turkey Hill.
The Lancaster County prosecutor released a press release on Saturday confirming that the fugitives had stayed at the local Homewood Suites hotel earlier this week (photo)
Surveillance video also showed the men in a Turkey Hill shop in Lancaster (photo)
Three people have already been arrested in connection with their escape, including a relative of Williams and two employees of Bon Air Detention Center, WTVR reported.
Williams’ 33-year-old Gerald Thornton was arrested on two counts of complicity in a youngster’s escape on July 14. He is currently being held in Pennsylvania pending extradition to Chesterfield County.
Bon Air employee Destiny L Harris, 23, was arrested on the same charge, including on July 14. She is currently being held in Chesterfield County Jail.
The next day, Virginia state police arrested 42-year-old employee Darren Briggs for a crime for providing a cell phone to a prisoner. He is also being held in Chesterfield County Jail.
The Marshals Service each offers a reward of up to $ 5,000 for information leading to the arrests of the men.
Taylor is described as 5’9 “and about 140 pounds, and Williams as 5’7” and about 140 pounds.
Officials asked anyone with information to contact the Marshals Service at 1-877-926-8332 or through the agency’s website.