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Escaped Inmate Back Behind Bars

UPDATE: An escaped inmate from Macon County is back behind bars.
Macon County Sheriff Robert Holland tells News 13, a resident's tip led officers to a home on Green Street.
The SWAT team and Franklin Police surrounded the home and waited for Charles Cochran to come outside.
Sheriff Holland says Cochran tried to run, but he was tackled by SWAT officers and arrested.

Twenty-one year-old Charles Cochran was in jail on a misdemeanor trespassing charge from Colorado. But a check of his local criminal record shows he's faced charges over the last four years ranging from driving violations, including alcohol consumption, to larcenies.  His record shows he's scheduled for court on three drug charges on August 7th.

Sheriff Robbie Holland says Cochran was a trustee at the jail and had been there only two weeks. He says about 9 p.m. Wednesday night, he took the garbage out and then bolted into the woods. Officers continue searching the area surrounding the jail.

"And they just wanted to secure the area make sure the escapee was not hiding in any of our cars that we're working on or around in the shop area," says Karen Carpenter with Swain Collision and Auto Body. She adds, "I just hope that people don't judge his parents and his siblings for what he's done because they don't deserve that."

The Sheriff says Cochran is not a threat to the community and expects he will be apprehended soon.

In the wake of this escape and another one two months ago when two inmates escaped from the jail for a day, Sheriff Holland says security will be reviewed. He says already, trustees will no longer take the garbage out at night, but during daylight hours in the morning.

Residents like Mildred Swafford say anything to feel secure. "That sounds good for myself and my son."

By: Rex Hodge
Follow Rex on Twitter @RexHodgeWLOS


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