Manhunt Under Way for Escaped Jail Inmate

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Updated: Wed, 04 Sep 2013 08:57:20 EST

Police agencies from across Middle Georgia are searching an area off Highway 19 in southern Wheeler County for a man who escaped Tuesday night from the Wheeler County Jail.

Raymond Solomon, 25, of Baxely, GA, paroled from a state prison on Friday and was pulled over by a Georgia State Patrol officer in Wheeler County Tuesday evening. Solomon was found to be in possession of methamphetamine. He was being booked into the Wheeler County Jail on charges of possession of methamphetamine and trafficking methamphetamine when he escaped.

Sheriff Johnson says how Solomon escaped is still being investigated but did say they didn't get a chance fingerprint Solomon before he got away.

Solomon is described as a 6'3" black male weighing about 250 pounds. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, black shorts and black Nike tennis shoes. Sheriff Johnson advises citizens to consider him dangerous.

Men on foot are being aided by search dogs from the Georgia Department of Corrections and a helicopter from the Georgia State Patrol in their search for Raymond Rod Solomon. The search is centered in a 3-mile radius off of Highway 19 near Lumber City.

Wheeler County Sheriff Maurice Johnson Jr. tells WGXA Solomon has been spotted on and off in the area. K-9 units lost his trail in the densely wooded area, which is filled with swampy creeks and abandoned buildings.

Motorists along Highway 19 have reported to police that a man matching Solomon's description has tried to flag them down for a ride.

Besides Wheeler County Sheriff's Office, the DOC and the GSP, also participating in the search are officers from Montgomery County, Telfair County, Jeff Davis County, Laurens County, Treutlen County, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Marshals Service. The Helena, Lumber City, Glenwood and Alamo city police are joining in the effort.

Anyone who spots Solomon should call Telfair/Wheeler 911 or Wheeler County Sheriff Office at (912) 568-7107.


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