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Escaped Bon Air juvenile jail inmates brought back to Central Virginia

Posted at 11:00 AM, Aug 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-11 17:45:42-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Two inmates accused of staging a violent escape from the Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center are now back in Central Virginia.

Jabar Ali Taylor and Rashad Emanuel Williams made initial appearances in the Richmond federal courthouse Tuesday morning, after the two were booked at Pamunkey Regional Jail in Hanover Monday evening. They have since been moved to the Chesterfield County Jail.

A judge dismissed a Flight to Avoid Prosecution charge for both men. A member of the clerk's office said their cases would be handled by the Commonwealth.

The 18-year-old Williams and 20-year-old Taylor were captured late last month at a hotel in Battle Creek, Michigan, U.S. Marshals Service officials said. They escaped from the Bon Air facility July 13.

Officials said Williams and Taylor allegedly choked a guard, snatched a set of keys, and made their way outside, escaping the grounds through a hole in a fence.

In new documents obtained by CBS 6, investigators allege the hole in the security fencing was precut.

Investigators also allege the two were picked up by Williams' brother who brought them to Pennsylvania.

Taylor had been serving a sentence for convictions of two counts of second-degree murder and aggravated malicious assault. Williams was previously convicted of malicious wounding and robbery.

During the investigation, the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force charged 23-year-old Destiny Harris, a corrections officer at Bon Air, and 42-year-old Darren Briggs, also an employee.

Harris is charged with aiding, Briggs with felony providing a cell phone to a prisoner.