PRESS RELEASE JACKSON COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT:
On February 4th, 2019 at approximately 10:15 p.m. an inmate at the Jackson County Jail attempted to escape the facility.
The incident occurred when Jail Officers were taking inmate Blaze Ayers, 28, to his holding cell from the indoor recreation area. Ayers’s holding cell was located in the book-in area of the jail. Upon arriving in the booking area, Ayers ran into a medical room and locked the door behind him. Jail Officers went through an adjacent room and when they entered the medical room Ayers had made his way into the ceiling.
Jail Officers attempted to get Ayers to come down but he refused to comply. Ayers continued to crawl through the ceiling in an attempt to escape, causing damage to the ceiling in multiple areas of the booking area.
Ayers eventually fell through the ceiling and to the floor of the booking area. Upon falling Ayers still refused to comply with orders given, and he was subdued by Taser.
There is no estimate of the damage at this time.
Jackson County EMS responded to treat Ayers for minor injuries obtained during the escape attempt. Jackson County Deputy J.L. McElfresh is investigating the Escape attempt. Ayers has been charged with the following criminal offenses:
1.) Attempted Escape Level 5 Felony
2.) Criminal Mischief Class A Misdemeanor
Ayers was being held at the Jackson County Jail on a Failure to Appear warrant. The original charge on the warrant was battery.
The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are possible. Deputy
McElfresh was assisted by Jackson County Jail Officers, Jackson County EMS,
Brownstown Officer Blake McCrary, and Deputy Mitch Ray.