A search for an escaped inmate was called off around 7 p.m. Thursday after Monquez Jackson was recaptured in the wood line off Osprey Cove Drive near River Road, authorities said.
Dwight Hamrick, warden of the Muscogee County Prison, said a resident in the area directed an officer to check out a man who was believed to be the escapee. Cpl. Jason Griffin and Cpl. Larry Daniels of the Columbus Police Department discovered it was Jackson and took him into custody without incident.
Jackson, 25, of Albany, Ga., had been on the lam for about three hours since his escape from a work detail around 4 p.m. at the Granite Bluff Landfill. A felony escape warrant will be issued for Jackson today at the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office. He will be transferred to nearby Rutledge State Prison and placed in administrative segregation pending the felony charges.
Jackson was serving time for aggravated assault and robbery by force and considered for medium security at the prison. He is one of about 385 inmates working on details daily throughout the city.
Hamrick believes the escape was a spontaneous event. Jackson was part of a detail picking up bushes and yard waste from the curb. When the truck stopped at Granite Bluff to unload, Jackson asked to use the restroom and disappeared.
“He obviously had no plan,” the warden said. “He is from Albany and nobody from Albany came to pick him up. He is on foot and on the run in an area he don’t know.”
Jackson had ditched his prison whites after his escape. He was found wearing flannel pajamas and a white T-shirt.
“He works the trash detail so I’m pretty sure he got them out of the landfill or out the trash he picked up,” Hamrick said.
Officers were warned during the search that Jackson might be armed with a box cutter. Hamrick said he wasn’t aware that the inmate was armed but noted that inmates are given box cutters on details to open the bags to dump trash once they get to the landfill.
No changes are expected on the work details.
Hamrick praised the efforts of the Georgia Department of Corrections Fugitive Squad, Georgia State Patrol and Columbus police in the search for Jackson. An estimated 25 to 30 law enforcement officers took part in the search. Search Dogs were used and a helicopter was called but not required. The last escape from Muscogee County Prison was nine months ago. Avery Javon Kirksey left a work detail at Chalbena Avenue and Teresa Street on July 11, 2014, after claiming he needed to use the restroom.