Created: Wed, 31 Jul 2013 11:36:00 EST
Updated: Wed, 31 Jul 2013 06:03:39 EST
A 44-year-old Milledgeville man was captured by police in Byron Tuesday night after escaping from the Byron Police Department during a prisoner transfer.
Byron Police say Jonathon Pettigrew ran off as he was taken from a patrol car into the station around 8 p.m. on Main St. in Byron. He was wearing an orange jumpsuit and had his hands shackled in the front. A code red was issued and the State Patrol Helicopter was activated as officers from several area agencies patrolled a 1-mile radius of the police station.
Around 10:30 p.m. Maureen chandler who lives on the 100-block of Basset Street yelled for police down the road saying her dog alerted her to someone in her back yard.
"I was standing there with my dog Luka, and I heard some branches breaking and I kind of looked down, he heard it and he wanted to take off and I saw the orange jumpsuit and that's when I ran out into the street to try to flag the officers down," said Chandler.
Police searched Chandler's backyard and one officer saw Pettigrew inside a door to Chandler's basement. Pettigrew was taken into custody and police say he will be charged with criminal trespass, escape, and obstruction. Police say Pettigrew was being processed on theft charges. He also had warrants out fir his arrest on other area counties. He is being lodged in the Peach County Jail.