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U.S. Marshals capture Virginia prison escapees in Battle Creek

Posted at 10:35 PM, Jul 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-27 22:39:39-04

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Two felons who escaped from the Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center in Chesterfield County, Virginia, were captured in Battle Creek this weekend.

The Grand Rapids Fugitive Task Force apprehended both escapees Saturday evening without incident at a hotel.

The two prisoners escaped the Virginia center on July 13 and made it more than 700 miles before they were arrested.

After assaulting a corrections officer, Rashad E. Williams and Jabar Ali Taylor fled through a hole cut in a perimeter fence and a getaway vehicle parked outside of the detention center.

Taylor, 20, was serving a sentence for convictions on two counts of second-degree murder and aggravated malicious assault.

Williams, 18, was previously convicted of malicious wounding and robbery.

After an investigation by U.S. Marshals, it was found that the pair initially fled to Pennsylvania before eventually being captured in Michigan.

.Around 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, the Grand Rapids Fugitive Task Force, led by U.S. Marshals, arrested the pair in the 5700 block of Beckley Road in Battle Creek.

Michigan State Police, the Battle Creek and Grand Rapids Police departments, and the Michigan Department of Corrections all assisted in the pair's arrest.

The FBI also provided significant assistance throughout the fugitive investigation.

Both Williams and Taylor are being held at the Calhoun County Jail in Battle Creek.