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Liberty Co. inmate escapes through unlocked jail door

The Calhoun-Liberty Journal of Bristol, Florida

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BRISTOL — A 25-year-old man arrested last month for manufacturing methamphetamine had a few hours of freedom when he escaped from the Liberty County Jail after discovering an unsecured door.

Daniel M. Brown of Vermilion, LA, was downstairs with other inmates who were waiting to get their medications around 6:50 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 28 when the jailer saw him go out the door of the jail's booking area.

Off-duty deputies joined the hunt along with a dog tracking team from Liberty Correctional Institution. Brown evaded capture for five and a half hours before he was found behind Duggar's Barber Shop on SR 12 N, a quarter of a mile from the jail.

"We secured the area really quick and kept him pinned down," Major Steve Swier said.

Brown was on foot and went to a friend's home on Baker Street who didn't know he had escaped. "He went to his house and asked for a sweatshirt," Swier said. "Once his buddy realized he had escaped from jail, Brown took off and ran out the back door."

Brown, who was barefoot, wearing a t-shirt and striped paints - then went onto the porch of a nearby trailer and grabbed some more clothing, along with a pair of boots, before ditching his jail clothes.

Throughout the evening, neighborhood residents kept an eye out for the escapee and reported sightings to the sheriff's office.

The fact that Brown escaped barefooted and then put on boots slowed down tracking efforts, according to Swier.

Brown was found on the back side of the fence near Duggar's Trailer Park, where he was using concrete blocks for cover. Swier said a deputy spotted Brown "when he poked his head out."

Brown, who has previous arrests on marijuana charges and methamphetamine distribution, was arrested Nov. 29 at a rental trailer in Bristol on Hwy. 12 North along with two women, Michelle Alexander and Loretta Swearengin. All three were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine.

Brown is now facing an escape charge as well.


The door was fixed the next day and extra security measures have been put in place following last week's escape, according to Swier. "We had, been having some issues with the door not closing," he said, explaining that a vendor had gone through the door 20 minutes earlier and when the door swung shut, "It failed to latch all the way."

On Dec. 3, two female inmates slipped out of the women's dorm at the jail after using a piece of cardboard to prevent the magnetic locks of another jail door from working. Violet Manning and Calesta Manasco made it from Bristol to Wewahitchka before being caught by the Gulf County Sheriff's Office. They were back in custody in Liberty County six hours after their escape.

That was Manning's second escape. On Oct. 20, she ran out of the jail but didn't get far. She was found on the ground by a fence about 50 yards from the jail. She was returned to custody within 10 minutes.

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Original Publication Date: January 4, 2012

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