Following the capture of an inmate who escaped last week from the county jail, Bond County Sheriff Jeff Brown is expressing his appreciation to the community for their involvement in the case.
30-year-old Andrew J. Walker, of Pierron, was being held in the Bond County Jail on alleged production of methamphetamine charges. Walker escaped around 7:00 p.m. Friday evening through a vent that led to an outer room. Walker broke through a drop ceiling and escaped through an egress door.
He was captured Monday morning following a high speed car chase on Pokey Road, then a foot chase in the area.
Brown said he appreciates everyone who was involved in the investigation and that the case was able to be closed relatively quickly.
“Absolutely, we were lucky to do that,” Brown told WGEL. “Of course one of the worse things for us is to have someone escape. Nobody likes that — it makes the community uneasy. It makes us uneasy as well.
“I have to tell you that the reason we caught him is because of community involvement. We got several calls this [Monday] morning and that’s what led us to the area and to his capture. We’re very grateful to the people, especially of Pierron, who called us and let us know that he was in the area and kept us up to date until we got there. We’re very, very grateful to the public and glad to have him in custody and it gets the county back at ease now, knowing that he is not on the loose.”
Brown said Walker will face additional charges and is currently being held in a jail outside of Bond County.