Two inmates, including convicted killer, choke out security guard and escape from juvenile detention center

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BON AIR, VA– State and local authorities are actively searching for two inmates that escaped a juvenile detention center after choking a security officer until he lost consciousness.

According to 13Newsnow, on Monday around 8 a.m., the two inmates, identified as Jabar A. Taylor, 20 and Rashad E. Williams, 18, both escaped from Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center.

Taylor, who is from Spotsylvania County, was sent to prison after being convicted of two counts of second-degree murder and aggravated malicious assault. Taylor is an African American man standing tall at 5’9″ and weighing in at 138 pounds.

Williams, who is from Washington, D.C., was found guilty of malicious wounding and robbery. Williams is also an African American man, 5’7″ tall and weighs 140 pounds.  Both inmates were supposed to be transferred to an adult prison as soon as they turned 21. 

Both inmates used a cord of “undetermined origin” to choke the security officer until he fainted. Once the officer fainted, they took his set of keys and left the jail. Allegedly, they then escaped through a hold that had been cut in the security fence and took off in a car that had appeared to be waiting for them.

The security officer that was assaulted has since been treated and released from the hospital.

As it stands, authorities are unsure whether Tayler and Williams cut the hold in the fence themselves or if it was cut by someone else prior to their escape.

State Police have taken evidence from the scene, interviewed staff members, and have started an investigation into the escape. A local, statewide, and national search for both inmates is already underway.

According to the Department of Juvenile Justice Director Valerie Boykin, this is the first escape that has taken place at the Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center in more than 20 years. Boykin said in a statement:

“DJJ takes very seriously our role in promoting public safety and are therefore releasing the names and photos of these young adults to aid in their apprehension, as allowed by the Virginia Code (16.1-309.1).”

She reiterated:

“We are very concerned about how this happened and will fully investigate the circumstances and ensure that appropriate action is taken.

We strive to provide for a safe, secure, and therapeutic environment for the youth committed to our care. We ask that anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of these individuals to contact local authorities or the Virginia State Police.”

According to 8News, a woman who lives just a few minutes from the facility said she worries about what the escapees will do next. The woman, identified as Lisa, said:

“That was smart. It was smart, it was vicious. So, if they have that type of mentality, what will they do to someone in the street?”

Lisa also said that while she does not believe the escapees are still in the surrounding area she believes that:

“No matter where they are, if people don’t know what they’re dealing with then they don’t know what to be careful against. They, the escapees, probably look at life a little bit differently and they look at it as they don’t have anything to lose and when someone looks at life that, they’re likely to do anything.”

Another individual, Kerry Dean, who also lives in the neighboring community said the news of the two escapees on the run is concerning. He said in a statement:

“I live nearby in the area and I would expect some speedy response from law enforcement.”
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COLUMBIA COUNTY, WI – Two inmates that had escaped from the Columbia Correctional Institution in Wisconsin on April 16th were reported as being recaptured as of April 17th. While the duo might have been crafty enough to escape, apparently avoiding capture is not their forte.

CCI inmates Thomas Deering and James Newman were recently apprehended in Rockford, Illinois, according to the Rockford Police Department. The RPD made mention of the apprehension via Twitter, saying the two had been seen at Miss Carly’s shelter.

The woman who runs the shelter in Rockford had noticed that two men in prison attire had come to the shelter. According to a Facebook post on the shelter’s page, she offered the men coffee after secretively contacting police about their presence.

She noted that she had recognized the two men as the ones who escaped from prison the day before:

“They had emergency blankets stuffed under their clothing. They looked just like the kind of people we want to help….but they weren’t. I recognized them right away. They had escaped from prison in Wisconsin.”

Deering and Newman are reportedly no strangers to escapes. Prior to them being transferred to CCI in Wisconsin, which is a maximum-security prison, they were noted as having escaped previous institutions. Investigators believed that these two had managed to scale a fence to exit the facility.

It’s good to know that these two were captured, as they’ve got some serious criminal histories.

Two inmates, including convicted killer, choke out security guard and escape from juvenile detention center
James Newman (left) and Thomas Deering – Portage Police Dept.

Deering has a rap sheet going back 20 years, with convictions of kidnapping, three counts of second-degree sexual assault, burglary, escape, and battery. He was moved to the maximum-security prison in 2003 after he’d escaped from Waupun Correctional Facility in 2002.

As for Newman, he’s hosting some hefty convictions since 2009. He has been convicted of six charges of discharging a firearm, escape, kidnapping, and theft. He snagged his first escape back in 2012 from a supervised living facility that was settled in Jackson County.

Overall, it was a tense 24-hour period that came to a great end. Perhaps these two should be considered for isolation cells for a bit, considering they can’t seem to help but to try and make a run for it.

Earlier this month, we reported on another monumental suspect that was captured in Conway, South Carolina. 

After nearly a month had passed since retired Lieutenant James Odell Cochran was found deceased in his home, his suspected killer was finally put behind bars in South Carolina after weeks of searching by police.

According to WMBF’s Ian Klein, Horry County Police began the pursuit on March 5 after officers responded to a call of suspicious activity at a residence just outside of Myrtle Beach. There, they found the body of Lieutenant Cochran who had already succumbed to wounds consistent with a homicide.

Investigators were led on a search for a stolen 2004 Chevy Silverado. The vehicle was eventually located but without sign of their suspect– 22 year old Erick Kwajae-Mikhail Faulk. For several weeks to follow, area police advised the community to be on the lookout for Faulk, who was described as being armed and dangerous.

This was not Faulk’s first run in with the law. The homeless man was arrested in 2017 for having received stolen goods valued less than $2,000 and obtaining property or a signature under false pretenses, Klein reports. Later in the same month, Faulk’s criminal activity became much more dangerous and he was charged with not only larceny but also third degree assault and battery.

During the month-long search for Lieutenant Cochran’s killer, his family anguished over the loss. Reat Gore, Cochran’s little sister, said:

“I just want justice served, I want him to be found I really do.”

Her pleas were answered on April 1 when Erick Kwajae-Mikhail was located and charged with murder and possession of a deadly weapon during a violent crime, WMBF reports. He was booked at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center.

Lieutenant Cochran dedicated his life to serving his community. He joined the force in 1978 and retired in 2003. However, his retirement would not be long as he rejoined the department as a community service officer after only one month of retirement.

He gave another 13 years in the role of community service officer which seemed to suit him, Myrtle Beach Online’s Alex Lang reports. Conway Police Chief Dale Long was a rookie officer when he first met Cochran. He was impressed with the Lieutenant’s natural ease in diffusing tensions.

Chief Long said:

“When he showed up, he was calm, he was a stabilizing (figure). When he showed up, it was just like magic.”

There are no reports of any particular motive in the senseless killing which leaves loved ones and colleagues without many answers. Cochran’s childhood best friend Larry Jones recalled the character of his old friend. He told stories of growing up together but also of how his friend served in uniform.

He said:

“I truly believe Odell displayed love.”

After nearly 40 years, Lieutenant Cochran left a powerful legacy. 

The City of Conway Police commented:

“Those who worked with him over the years are deeply saddened, but everyone has a special moment they remember working alongside him. The Conway Police Department would like to thank members of the community for their support during this time as we extend our prayers and support to the family of one of our own, Odell Cochran.”

However, perhaps the greatest recognition of Lieutenant Cochran’s character came from Chief Long who said:

“He was always a positive role model for anyone under his leadership… Just because he is gone, doesn’t mean his difference is.”

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In case you missed it, here is one of the original stories posted by Law Enforcement Today regarding the deceased Lieutenant.

On March 5th, retired Conway Police Lieutenant James Odell Cochran, 65, was murdered by Eric Kwajae-Mikhail Faulk, according to police. The suspect has been on the run since the slaying. 

Authorities had said Faulk was driving a 2004 Chevrolet K1500 Silverado with SC tag FFL-471. That vehicle has been found, but Faulk is still on the loose.

Faulk, 22, is considered to be armed and dangerous by Horry County deputies. Police have warned people not to approach him if they see him.

Police were called to a home on Long Branch Road near Conway on reports of suspicious activity.  According to a Horry County Police Department press release, officers encountered a man who had “injuries consistent with a homicide.” The man was later identified as Cochran.

Faulk was arrested in 2017 in Horry County for some property crime related charges, and convicted in the same year for third-degree assault and battery as well as theft.

Anyone with information about Faulk’s whereabouts is asked to call 843-915-8477.

Lieutenant James Odell Cochran was with the Conway Police Department for over thirty-eight years. 

The Conway Police Department released a statement following Cochran’s murder, which read:

“It is with great sorrow we announce the passing of Odell Cochran. Cochran retired from the Conway Police Department with over thirty-eight years of service as a lieutenant and was a valuable member of the team and impacted the lives of many. 
 
Based on the calls, messages, and condolences that have been sent, it is obvious that his contributions to our community are still felt and realized by many.

Cochran served our department and citizens of Conway well and was loved by many in our community. He retired with twenty-five years of service and then returned for thirteen years as a community service officer.

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Our thoughts and prayers go out to his daughter, sons, sister, and other family. We will be assisting with funeral plans to give him the full honors he deserves and has earned with his admirable service record.

Those who worked with him over the years are deeply saddened, but everyone has a special moment they remember working alongside him. The Conway Police Department would like to thank members of the community for their support during this time as we extend our prayers and support to the family of one of our own, Odell Cochran.”

Cochran’s sister, Reat Gore, spoke to reporters.  She said their family has been overwhelmed by love and support from their community.

Gore said:

“My brother was the person that would give you the shirt off his back.  My brother was a good person and he shouldn’t have gone out this way.  I just want justice served, I want him to be found I really do.”

Gore said she is grateful to the men and women in law enforcement who protect their county, and who are actively searching for her brother’s murderer.

She told reporters:

“I was proud of my brother, every cop is not a bad cop and my brother was not one of those.”

Rest easy, Lieutenant, and thank you for your service and dedication.

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