Three Women Arrested for Aiding Jail Escapees

November 23, 2017
by: 
Dwayne Page
Margaret Ann Taylor
Miranda Nicole Johnson
Jessica Anne Jenkins

Three women have been arrested in separate incidents of aiding jail escapees Bryon Gibbs and Daniel Hamilton who broke out of the DeKalb County Jail Annex Tuesday night and remain at large.

40 year old Margaret Ann Taylor of Store Road, Rock Island; 40 year old Miranda Nicole Johnson of Joe Blanton Road, Woodbury; and 29 year old Jessica Anne Jenkins of Bright Hill Road, Smithville are each charged in separate cases of “permitting or facilitating an escape”.

Although accused of the same offense, Sheriff Patrick Ray said these three women, Taylor, Johnson, and Jenkins, are charged individually for separate contacts with both escapees.

Sheriff Ray said “Taylor picked up Gibbs and Hamilton, who were known to Taylor to be escapees from the DeKalb County Jail, and took them to several different places in DeKalb County. She eventually left them at a residence in DeKalb County”.

The warrant states that “Margaret Taylor did pick up and transport Bryon Gibbs and Daniel Hamilton in Smithville knowing they had escaped from the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department (Jail)”.

According to Johnson’s warrant, “Miranda Nicole Johnson did willingly pick up and transport Bryon Gibbs and Daniel Hamilton from a location in DeKalb County knowing they had escaped from the DeKalb County Jail.”

The charge against Jenkins states that “Jessica Anne Jenkins did unlawfully, intentionally, and knowingly permit and facilitate the escape of Bryon Gibbs and Daniel Hamilton from the DeKalb County Jail”.

“Jenkins had conversations Tuesday with inmates in the DeKalb County Jail Annex by phone. Inmates, Gibbs and Hamilton, after their escape from jail, went directly to Jenkins’ home on Bright Hill Road in Smithville. While there, the escapees used Jenkins’ phone, with her permission, for the purpose of contacting someone for transportation to further their escape,” said Sheriff Ray.

All three women were taken into custody Wednesday by detectives of the sheriff’s department. Bond for both Johnson and Jenkins is $10,000 each. Taylor’s bond is $5,000. All three will make a court appearance on December 7.

Sheriff Ray said investigations are continuing and more arrests are forthcoming.

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