Escaped inmate captured in Pickens Co.


PICKENS Co., SC (WSPA) – Pickens Co. Sheriff’s Office has captured an escaped inmate.

Deputies say Jonathon Ray Jefferson Neal, 24, escaped around 10:45 a.m. on Thursday.

He was brought into the facility on June 19 for a Violation of Terms of Probation. 

He is classified as minimum security, according to the report.

The sheriff’s office says he was in a fenced recreation yard when he managed to scale a brick faced wall.

They say he was able to crawl through an opening in the overhead fencing and escape through multiple rolls of razor wire.

He jumped from the roof and ran, according to the report.

He left wearing an orange colored jumpsuit but he may have changed clothes a short distance from the Detention Center into casual clothing, according to the report.

Deputies say he was captured around 2:10 p.m. at a home on Highway 8. 

He was taken into custody after a brief foot chase without any further use of force, according to the report.

His status will be upgraded to a high security risk and will face an additional charge of escape.

They say his motivation for escape was to see his family.

The sheriff’s office says Neal was not being detained for any type of violent crime and is not believed to be affiliated with a gang or any other known group associated with violence.

If you see him, report his location to the sheriff’s office.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of this subject is asked to call the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office at (864) 898-5500 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIMESC.

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