Sheriff’s office captures escaped convict in Polk County

Published 9:20 am Friday, March 20, 2009

According to Polk County Sheriff Donald Hill, the sheriff&39;s office had expected that Taylor may try to visit that house and the sheriff&39;s office had been working with the occupants to make sure they notified authorities if they saw Taylor. Taylor was seen earlier Thursday in the area around the house where he was apprehended. About 50 officers were at the house at the time he was apprehended. The sheriff&39;s office received assistance from the Henderson, Spartanburg and Rutherford county sheriff&39;s offices and the N.C. Department of Corrections. Spartanburg County had a helicopter ready if needed. After he was apprehended, Taylor was transported to a Department of Corrections facility in Marion. He is scheduled to return to Polk County today for an appearance in court early this afternoon on habitual felon and felony escape from a local jail charges. There is no bond on the habitual felon charge and a $50,500 bond on the felony escape charge. Sheriff Hill says that Taylor apparently headed toward the Holbert Cove Road area after escaping out the back door of the county courthouse in Columbus early last Wednesday morning. Taylor may have spent some time in Henderson County before returning to Polk County at some point over the past week, according to Hill.Taylor was wearing a green polo shirt and khaki pants when he&bsp;escaped last Wednesday, but had on a gray shirt when he was caught. He was also found with a backpack, sleeping bag, blanket, hunting knife, flashlight, lighters and jewelry, according to the sheriff&39;s office. Sheriff Hill says Taylor was living in the&bsp;woods and was apparently surviving on crawdads over the eight days he was on the run.

Sheriff Hill says his office had been close to finding Taylor at several times over the previous eight days, but couldn&39;t locate him exactly until late Thursday night. Hill thanked area agencies for their help during the search since last Wednesday, and said he especially appreciated that the Department of Corrections and the Henderson, Spartanburg and Rutherford county sheriff&39;s offices were able to provide quick assistance after the tip was received late Thursday night.

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