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Bryan County Jail escapee caught in Screven County
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Randall Futch, 46, allegedly escaped from the Bryan County Detention Center around 10 p.m. Feb. 11 and led multiple police agencies on a man hunt through three counties before being captured about 12 hours later in Screven County, authorities said.

In his flight, Futch stabbed an Ellabell man numerous times with a screwdriver, stole the man's truck and caused a Bulloch County Sheriff Deputy chasing the truck minor injuries in a wreck, Captain Larry Jacobs of the Bryan County Sheriff's Department said.

Gilbert Priest, 62, of Ellabell was attacked by Futch and his truck stolen after he returned home to get his forgotten mobile phone, Jacobs said.

Priest was taken to St. Joseph's in Savannah for treatment of stab wounds to the head and face, and was released the same day, according to his daughter Carmen Barfield, who lives close to Priest.

Bulloch County saw the stolen truck and picked up the chase early Thursday morning, according Screven County Investigator Corporal Brett Dickerson.

"There was a great response from the surrounding counties, municipalities and state agencies," Dickerson said.

Bryan County, Bulloch County, Screven County and Georgia State Patrol were involved in the search and found Futch in a wooded, swampy area just off Hwy. 17, about three to five miles north of Oliver in Screven County, Jacobs said.

Futch had abandoned the truck, Jacobs said, and tracking dogs were brought in from the Georgia State Prison, as well as a Georgia State Patrol helicopter with infrared radar, a fixed wing airplane owned by a Screven deputy, and a lot of people were on the ground to search the area.

"He was taken to Screven for processing because it was the closest facility, then I personally took him to Coastal State Prison in Garden City," Jacobs said.

Futch was able to get out through "a combination of mechanical lock failure and officer complacency, where deputies were not paying as much attention as they should," Jacobs said Tuesday.

He said those issues have been addressed. Futch, originally in Bryan County jail for charges of theft by taking, criminal trespass and possession of a fire arm by convicted felon, faces a lot more time for new charges. They include escape, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, and others that may result from the assault on Priest and taking his truck, Jacobs said.


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