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Thomas County Suspected Sex Offender Surveillance Video Released

By: Kara Duffy, Bailey Myers Email
By: Kara Duffy, Bailey Myers Email
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Updated By: Joe Hellriegel
January 17, 2014

Surveillance video of the Thomas County inmate who escaped and has since been captured in being released.

Take a look (video attached).

That's inmate Charlie Nix on work detail in the kitchen at the bottom right of your screen.

He takes a cell phone that was laying on the counter and puts it in his sock.

A couple of minutes later, he runs off after taking out the trash.

Although Nix never made a call on the kitchen staffer's cell phone, authorities say security procedures and policies will all be tightened.

"I'm not sure what his motive was, I really believe his motive was to use it, but once he got out there maybe he was afraid to use it but we're taking tighter measures as far as our procedures, paying a lot more attention to our classification, our inmates," said Capt. Ron James, Thomas County Sheriff's Office.

Nix is in jail on charges of child molestation. He was captured again this past Tuesday, January 14, 2014.


Updated By: Kara Duffy
January 15, 2014

Thomas County, GA- Law enforcement officials canvassed every inch of Thomas County Tuesday, looking for 35-year-old Charles Nix.

After nearly 14 hours of searching, a tip from a local woman gave them their break.

"A resident had called us, saying he was knocking on her door, trying to get her to let him in," said Captain Chuck McDonald with the Thomas County Sheriff's Office.

Captain McDonald said the woman recognized Nix and called 911.

Nix then took off running into the woods along Glenwood Drive.

Investigators, along with thermal trackers, went in after him.

"With it being as cold as it was, it picks up heat sources," McDonald said. "It can pick up anything from a small animal to an individual."

Within minutes, the thermal tracker picked up on Nix.

"The US Marshals Service along with all the deputies, made their way to him where he was bedded down. He had covered himself up with some leaves and debris," McDonald said.

On Wednesday, Nix, with fresh cuts and scrapes visible on his neck, went before a check where he was formally charged with escape and denied bond.

Nix is now back where he started; behind bars at the Thomas County Jail.

Updated By: Garin Flowers
January 14, 2014, 11pm

The search for a Thomas County jail escapee is now over.

35-year-old Charles Nix is back behind bars.

That’s after nearly 14 hours of being on the run.

Authorities say, earlier today, Nix escaped from the Thomas County Jail, but now they have captured him.

US Marshals along with local authorities in Thomas County found him at the corner or Pinewood and Glenwood.

They say they used a thermal imaging device to find him hiding under leaves.

Authorities also say Nix is an accused child molester. Back in December 2013, he was charged with aggravated sodomy, aggravated child molestation, as well as two more counts of child molestation as well as possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Nix was found shortly after 9pm tonight.

Authorities are still investigating and will release more information at a later date.


Updated By: Julie Montanaro
January 14, 2014, 10pm

U.S. Marshals say Charles Nix was caught in a swampy area near Glenwood and Pinetree.

Thomas County deputies and U.S. Marshals used a thermal imaging device and found Nix covered in leaves.


January 14, 2014, 9:15pm

Charles Nix was apprehended around 9:10pm on Glenwood Drive in Thomasville, GA.

More details will be available on WCTV at 11pm.


Updated By: Bailey Myers
January 14, 2014, 5:30pm

Authorities in Thomasville are continuing their search for an escaped inmate.

Charles nix escaped from the Thomas County Jail this morning and hasn't been seen since.

For the last several hours, dozens of law enforcement agents including Thomas County Sheriff's Deputies, Thomasville Police and even Georgia State Patrol Troopers have been canvassing the area looking for Nix.

They also called in a helicopter crew as well as two K-9 units, but still, no luck.

We are however learning some new information tonight as to why Nix was behind bars.

Back in December 2013, he was arrested and charged with aggravated sodomy, aggravated child molestation , two more counts of child molestation, as well as possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

The manhunt will continue through this evening, and if you have any information on Nix's whereabouts, you're asked to contact the Thomas County Sheriff's Office immediately.


Updated By: Bailey Myers
January 14, 2014, 5pm

An inmate’s escape from a county jail leads to a manhunt, and crews are still searching.

It all happened around seven this morning after thirty five year old Charles Nix escaped.

Authorities are currently searching for his location now.

Nix is described as being a white male, who is approximately 5 foot 8 inches tall, and weighs around 145 pounds.

According to the Thomas County Sheriff's Office, Nix is a suspected sex offender and has a violent history.

They told us they won't rest till he is behind bars.

"As you can tell by the amount of man power we have out, many of us, many of the guys hunting them will not go home until he's found, or we know for a fact he's not in Thomas County anymore,” said Captain Steve Jones, Thomas County Sheriff’s Office. “We take this very seriously, and we do what we can to protect the people of Thomasville and Thomas County."

His inmate uniform was found outside the jail, so they believe he may be wearing regular clothes.

Right now, police are still following leads.

If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of Charles Nix, you are encouraged to call (229) 225-3300.

Officers are currently investigating the circumstances which led to his escape.


Updated By: Kara Duffy
January 14, 2014, 4:30pm

Nix was charged with aggravated sodomy, aggravated child molestation, two counts of child molestation, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon back in December 2013. He was in jail but had not yet been indicted.

The firearm by convicted felon charge came because he had served time and was out on parole from an armed robbery conviction.

Investigator did not have the exact date of the armed robbery.


UPDATE
By: Bailey Myers
January 14, 2014, 2pm

Please Note: Escaped inmate, Charles Nix, was originally reported as a convicted sex offender. Officials have since corrected the report to amend that he is a suspected sex offender.

A helicopter has joined the search for an escaped suspected sex offender in Thomas County.

35-year-old Charles Nix escaped from the Thomas County Jail at around 7:15 this morning, and was last seen running north.

A search team found his uniform outside of the jail shortly after his escape, and they believe he has changed clothes.


Thomas County, Ga. -- According to the Thomas County Sheriff’s Office, they are still currently investigating the circumstances leading up to the escape.

A search team found his uniform outside of the jail shortly after his escape, and they believe he has changed clothes.

Stay with WCTV Eyewitness News for the latest updates on this developing story.


By: Kara Duffy
January 14, 2014, 9am

Thomasville, Ga. -- A Thomas County Jail inmate escaped this morning and is on the run.

Charles Nix, 35, is a white male, who is approximately 5 foot 8 inches tall, and weighs around 145 pounds.

According to the Thomas County Sheriff's Office, Nix is a suspected sex offender and has a violent history.

Nix escaped from the county jail at 921 Smith Ave. around 7:15 this morning, and was last seen running north.

Anyone with information should call the Thomas County Sherrif's Office immediately. That number is 229-225-3300


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