Two escaped inmates of the Department of Juvenile Justice's Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center, one from Washington, D.C., and the other from Spotsylvania County, are back behind bars after being captured in Michigan.
The Grand Rapids Fugitive Task Force apprehended both escapees this evening without incident at a hotel in Battle Creek, Michigan, Virginia State Police said Saturday night.
During the July 13 escape from the correctional center in Chesterfield County, a jail guard was assaulted, and Rashad E. Williams and Jabar Ali Taylor fled through a hole that was cut in a perimeter fence, with a getaway vehicle staged outside of the detention center. Taylor, 20, was serving a sentence for convictions of two counts of second-degree murder and aggravated malicious assault in the Fredericksburg area. Williams, 18, was previously convicted of malicious wounding and robbery, also in the Fredericksburg area.
Since the escape, U.S. Marshals pursued numerous leads in several states, showing that the pair was traveling together and had initially fled to Pennsylvania, state police said in a news release. The nearly two-week fugitive investigation came to an end earlier this evening, 700 miles away from the scene of the escape.
Around 5 p.m. Saturday, the U.S. Marshals-led Grand Rapids Fugitive Task Force arrested the pair in the 5700 block of Beckley Road in Battle Creek, Michigan.
"This evening's apprehension of the escapees from the Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center is a result of the extensive investigative efforts and fortitude demonstrated by local, state and federal law enforcement," said Capt. Richard Boyd, commander of the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation's Richmond Field Office. "The U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force members, which include Virginia State Police personnel, are to be commended for their exceptional and exhaustive work on this case."
Both Williams and Taylor will be held at the Calhoun County Jail in Battle Creek, Michigan.
Before the scape, both were due to transfer to an adult Department of Corrections facility upon reaching their 21st birthdays.
Taylor is from Spotsylvania County and Williams is from Washington, D.C.