Escaped work-release inmate back in custody

A work-release inmate who escaped from custody Monday evening has been arrested and returned to the Hall County Jail.

Jerry Lamar Thomas was taken into custody without incident at a location on Candler Road around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 9, according to jail officials. He has been charged with escape.

In addition, two of Thomas’ acquaintances were arrested and charged with hindering apprehension. The names of those suspects have not been released at this time.

The 31-year-old Thomas left the Hall County Jail on Barber Road at 5:45 p.m. on June 6 for a job interview at Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation on Industrial Boulevard in Gainesville. Jail officials said they received a call from Pilgrim’s Pride at 6:20 p.m. saying Thomas never showed up for the appointment. At 6:25 p.m., the jail received an alert indicating Thomas’ ankle monitor had been removed.

Before escaping, Thomas, of Gainesville, was in jail on drug possession charges. He had been court-ordered to participate in the work-release program.

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