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Escaped inmate caught in DeKalb County
Derrick Crawford
Derrick Crawford

The state inmate who escaped a work detail Monday afternoon has been found, Hall County Correctional Institution Warden Walt Davis confirmed Wednesday morning.

Derrick Crawford, 35, walked away from his work detail crew on Ga. 60 and Hubert Stephens Road around 12:15 p.m. Monday. He was found around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.

“He was apprehended last evening by the fugitive squad in DeKalb County at a girlfriend’s home, outside the girlfriend’s home actually,” Davis said.

At the time of his escape, Crawford was operating a traffic sign while other inmates were cutting overhanging brush from the sides of the roads. Crawford then was picked up by an unknown person at the time Monday afternoon in a black Dodge Charger, Davis said.

Crawford is a state inmate serving a 20-year sentence for trafficking cocaine out of Douglas County, according to the Hall County Sheriff’s Office.

The Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force, K-9 units and other law enforcement searched for Crawford. Tony Schilling of the fugitive task force said agents from the Georgia Department of Corrections apprehension unit aided the search.

“They’ve been chasing him ever since he escaped, and numerous leads, numerous contacts, numerous associates eventually led to where they found him,” Schilling said.

He said no one was at the residence when Crawford was captured. But the fugitive appeared to be waiting for someone to come home.

“One of our officers looks down and sees him laying down in the bushes,” Schilling said.

The fugitive task force agent was not aware of any further information regarding future charges against Crawford.

However, the search led to other arrests.

“It is my understanding that during the course of their investigation they did arrest several other individuals for assisting him in his escape,” Davis said.

Schilling said he was unfamiliar with any information related to additional arrests.

This story will be updated.

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