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Third arrest made in connection to men who escaped from Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center

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Posted at 10:25 PM, Jul 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-17 22:25:35-04

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- A third arrest has been made in connection to the case of two men who escaped from the Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center in Chesterfield early Monday.

Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice officials said Rashad Williams and Jabar Taylor used a type of cord to choke a security guard, then swiped his keys to make their escape.

The department said it appears the two men got into a waiting car Monday morning from an exterior fence that had a hole cut in it.

Taylor was convicted of two counts of second-degree murder and aggravated malicious assault, and Williams convicted of malicious wounding and robbery. Both were committed by courts in the Fredericksburg area, and both are due to transfer to an adult Virginia Department of Corrections (DOC) facility upon reaching their 21st birthdays.

During the course of the investigation, three people have been arrested in connection with the escape:

On Tuesday July 14, the USMS Fugitive Task Force arrested Gerald Thornton, 33, of Philadelphia, Pa., on two counts of aiding with the escape of a juvenile. Thornton, a relative of Williams, was taken into custody without incident. Thornton is being held in Pennsylvania, pending extradition to Chesterfield County.

Also arrested Tuesday was Destiny L. Harris, 23, of Chesterfield County, Va. She was taken into custody without incident by the USMS Fugitive Task Force on two counts of aiding with the escape of a juvenile. Harris, a Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice employee who worked at the Bon Air facility, is being held at the Chesterfield County Jail.

On Wednesday July 15, the Virginia State Police arrested Darren Briggs, 42, of Lawrenceville, Va., on one felony count of providing a cell phone to a prisoner. He was taken into custody without incident. . Briggs, a Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice employee who worked at the Bon Air facility, is being held at the Chesterfield County Jail

U.S. Marshals are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of each fugitive. Marshals believe that both have left Virginia and are potentially headed North.

Anyone with information related to either Jabar A. Taylor, 20, of Washington, D.C., and/or Rashad E. Williams, 18, of Spotsylvania County, Va., is encouraged to call 1-877-WANTED-2 (1-877-926-8332) or the Virginia State Police at 804-553-3445. Tips can also be emailed to wanted@usdoj.gov or through the Web and Mobile tips at www.usmarshals.gov/tips [usmarshals.gov].