“Escaped Inmate Located and Taken back into Custody without Incident”

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The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office has located and arrested the inmate within the past half hour that escaped from the Pickens County Detention Center earlier this morning.

A deputy located Jonathon Ray Jefferson Neal (24yoa) at a residence on Hwy 8. After a brief foot chase, he was taken into custody without any further use of force.

He was transported back to the Detention Center where his status will be upgraded from a minimum to a high risk security level. He now will face the additional charge of Escape.

Statements made by Mr. Jefferson Neal to the arresting deputy indicated that the motivation for his escape was merely to see his family.

Sheriff Rick Clark stated…

“The residents of Pickens County are fortunate to have the caliber of deputies that work for the citizens at the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office.  

The tenacity and commitment displayed today by our personnel to locate and return this man to justice so quickly speaks volumes in regards to their efforts and service to our community.  

My hat is certainly off to the arresting deputy. Job well done!”