A Taylor County man is accused of severely beating a woman over several days in his home at 84 John Harvey Duncan Road in the southwest end of the county.
Jonathan Paul Pitts, 38, was charged with aggravated assault and was being held Wednesday in the Houston County jail, said Rodney Wall, Georgia Bureau of Investigation special agent in charge of the Columbus office.
Pitts was being held in Houston County because he is an escape risk, and Houston County has a larger facility, Wall said. Pitts escaped May 5 from the state Department of Corrections West Central Hospital in Columbus where he was being held on assault charges, Wall said.
The woman, whose name was not released, was in critical condition Wednesday at an unnamed hospital where she was taken by ambulance Friday, Wall said. Taylor County authorities responded to a 911 call at 2 p.m. and found the woman unresponsive in the home. A weekend manhunt for Pitts commenced in the dense wooded area near his home, Wall said.
Pitts, who was dressed in camouflaged clothing, was captured at 12:30 p.m. Monday with the help of the Houston County Sheriff’s Response Team, a tactical team called in to help apprehend Pitts, Wall said.
In all, about 50 law enforcement officers from Taylor County, the GBI, Butler Police Department, Houston County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia State Patrol conducted the manhunt that included a GSP helicopter, Wall said.