Two Women Charged For Helping Inmate Escape

By: Julie Montanaro; Kara Duffy Email
By: Julie Montanaro; Kara Duffy Email

UPDATED
By: Kara Duffy
February 14, 2013

Colquitt County, GA- The hunt for 32-year-old Demetrius Walden ended in Tallahassee, about 24 hours after it started.

Colquitt County Sheriff's Deputies say the inmate was on work detail Monday afternoon, when he made his getaway; thanks to the help of girlfriend Chavaya Torres, 24, and Tylesia Garland, 21.

"The two females actually went to Thomasville and rented a car," said Lt. Shannon Hart with the Colquitt County Sheriff's Office. "Tylesia actually drove up here, parked in front of the sheriff's office, and bought him a change of clothes that she left in the bathroom downstairs. He changed clothes, walked out the front door, got in the car and left."

Investigators say they first questioned Torres, who is pregnant with Walden's child, shortly after his escape.

They then met her a second time at the Thomas County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday for more questioning.

That's when, they say, she finally broke down and told them what she and Garland did to help Walden escape.

Hart says both women are charged with aiding another to escape lawful confinement.

Deputies say because of this incident, they've tightened up security.

Going forward, no inmate is allowed to enter or leave the building without the supervision of a guard.

UPDATED
By Julie Montanaro
February 12, 2013

A South Georgia jail escapee was captured in Tallahassee this afternoon after about 24 hours on the run.

A man unwittingly let Demetrius Walden into his apartment to use the phone and soon found himself in the middle of a manhunt.

"We beleive that Walden actually knocked on a door and asked if he could use the phone and from that point we were able to pinppint his location," LCSO Spokesman James McQuaig said.

Walden was first spotted near the Quality Inn at North Monroe Street and I-10 at about 12:30 p.m.

Troopers, deputies, police and U.S. Marshals moved in.

They ultimately found Walden hiding inside an apartment at the Park on Forest Ridge complex on Old Bainbridge Road.

Neighbors say that apartment was surrounded by cops with guns.

"I heard them say go around back so he can't get out and they're like 'We're coming in. Put your hands up. Just come out. We're not trying to hurt you' and maybe like five minutes later I saw the guy coming down and getting in the car," Ahmarie Holmes said.

Walden had escaped from the Colquitt County Jail Monday. Deputies there say he walked away from a work detail at about 12:30 p.m.

Walden was in jail for violating his probation and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He'll now be facing escape charges too.


Leon County Sheriff's Office Release

Escaped Prisoner Demetrius Walden, 32, was arrested in Leon County on February 12, 2013. Walden escaped from the Colquitt County Jail in Georgia on February 11, 2013. Walden escaped from a work detail in Colquitt County, Georgia where he was in custody for a probation violation and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

At 11:30a.m. Walden was spotted in the area of North Monroe Street and Interstate 10, near the Quality Inn. Members of the United States Marshal Service Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office, the Tallahassee Police Department and the Florida Highway Patrol converged on the area, established a perimeter and began tracking Walden with a K-9.

At approximately 1:00p.m. deputies, marshals and officers developed information that Walden was in the area of 2677 Old Bainbridge Road. Walden was taken into custody near apartment building 1000.

Walden was taken to the Leon County Jail.


By: Julie Montanaro
February 12, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - Demetrius Walden is now on his way to the Leon County Jail. He was captured in an apartment off Old Bainbridge Rd. within the last hour. Deputies say he was spotted at the Quality Inn near the intersection of Highway 27 and I-10. K-9's were used to help track him.


By: Kara Duffy
February 11, 2013

Colquitt County, GA - According to the Colquitt County Sheriff's Office, an inmate escaped from the Colquitt County Jail today.

Around 12:30 pm, 32-year old Demetrius Walden walked off of work detail from the facility. He was in custody for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and probation violation. He is described as a black male, weighing 183 pounds. If you have any information on his whereabouts, please call the Colquitt County Sheriff's Office.


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