Man charged with escape after Tuscumbia Police find him in bedroom closet

TUSCUMBIA, Ala (WHNT) — A man was found in a bedroom closet in Tuscumbia and charged with escape Tuesday after authorities say he didn’t return to the Franklin County Jail at the time he was ordered to.

Tuscumbia Police Chief Tony Logan said members of the Tuscumbia Special Operations Group located 51-year-old Richie Oneal Landers.

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The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office told News 19 that Landers was released on April 22 by order from a judge to take care of an insurance issue. The order said Landers had to return to the county jail by 4 p.m. on Monday.

When he didn’t return by that time, Franklin County Sheriff Shannon Oliver said authorities began looking for him. Investigators with the sheriff’s office then learned Landers was dropped off at a home in Tuscumbia.

Chief Logan said police received the tip that Landers might have been hiding in a house while the resident was in the hospital.

Logan said after police got permission to search the house, they made entry into the house at 4:15 p.m., and officers found Landers hiding in a bedroom closet.

Landers was served a warrant for first-degree escape and taken into custody without incident. He is back in the Franklin County Jail, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said.

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