A TSYS employee was charged Wednesday morning after allegedly helping two inmates, including her boyfriend, escape from the Muscogee County Jail, officials said.
Jessica Swenson, 30, of Phenix City was taken into custody at her job around 7:15 a.m. Wednesday and charged with two counts of aiding in escape of two inmates. She was booked into the jail for a 9 a.m. Friday hearing in Municipal Court.
Maj. Joe McCrea with the Muscogee County Sheriff's Office said the inmates who escaped were identified as 24-year-old Jeremiah Lockhart and 27-year-old Jonathan Browning. They were taken into custody in Marion County around 10:40 a.m.
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Lockhart faces one count each of probation violation and second-degree criminal damage to property, while Browning faces one count each of simple battery, burglary, false imprisonment and obstruction. Charges stemming from Tuesday's incident have yet to be released.
McCrea said authorities learned around 9 p.m. Tuesday that Lockhart and Browning had escaped from the stockade at the jail.
Swenson allegedly helped Lockhart, her boyfriend, and Browning escape before driving them to Marion County and dropping them off at a residence.
Tiarea Walker, 29, was charged with two counts of hindering the apprehension of a criminal after further investigation led authorities to believe she gave the inmates a ride while they were in Marion County.
Deputies started looking for the inmates Tuesday night with some help from officials with the Marion County Sheriff's Office and Georgia State Patrol.
The following morning, officials in a Georgia State Patrol helicopter spotted the inmates. They were taken into custody by deputies and returned to the jail.
"The Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office thanks Marion County Sheriff Darrell Neal for providing deputies and GSP for providing helicopter support enabling the capture of these inmates," McCrea said. "We are continuing to investigate how the inmates were able to escape from the stockade. "