Escaped Twiggs inmate back in custody

lfabian@macon.comMay 28, 2013 

Tony H. Criswell

An escaped Twiggs County inmate was captured in Bleckley County about noon Tuesday.

A woman reported a suspicious person on the railroad tracks near Coley Station Road, not far from the Cochran Short Route, or Ga. 129.

It turned out to be 45-year-old Tony Havis Criswell, who escaped from the law enforcement center early Sunday after making his way through a hole in the shower wall, Twiggs County Chief Deputy Billy Boney said.

Bleckley deputies took him into custody without incident.

“They rode up on him and he didn’t run,” Boney said. “He was about beat down after being on the run for three days.”

Criswell will face escape and other charges, including entering an auto, Boney said.

He was awaiting trial on charges of stalking, terroristic threats, criminal trespass, loitering and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to the Twiggs County Sheriff’s Office.

Criswell apparently pulled the shower head out of the wall after block count at 11 p.m. Saturday and made a hole large enough to get through. Then he scaled a fence and got away.

After his “clean break” had come to an end, he was back in the shower by early Tuesday afternoon --­ this time with deputies close by.

Criswell’s body was covered with bug bites and scratches, Boney said.

After he is medically checked out, he will be confined in a higher security area of the jail following his run for freedom.

“He’s back home,” chuckled Boney, who said deputies tracking him for three days were also worn out. “Sometimes they go astray, but they always come home.”

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