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Cops: Escaped Georgia Fugitive Arrested in Riverhead

Convict allegedly escaped from a Georgia correctional facility in September.

A convict who allegedly escaped from a Georgia corrections facility in September and was living as a fugitive was apprehended in Riverhead on Wednesday.

According to Riverhead Town police, officers in conjunction with United States Marshals New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force located Jerry D. Ross, 38, at the Greenview Motel in Riverhead on Wednesday.

Ross was arrested without incident and charged with being a fugitive from justice. He was processed at the Riverhead Police Department and arraigned at Riverhead Justice Court. 

Acoording to an article in the Times-Enterprise in Thomasville, Georgia on Oct. 3, Ross escaped on the afternoon of Sept. 25 while doing prison work detail at the Country Oaks Golf Course.

According to the article, Ross, from Irwin County, was serving time for a burglary conviction -- and the escape was not his first. Ross, the Times-Enterprise said, had escaped from the Ben Hill Detention Center while serving a sentence for burglary conviction and was later found in South Carolina. He allegedly has a history of resisting arrest.

The article stated that Ross was believed to have stolen a truck and, next, another vehicle; he was said to be divorced and estranged from the mother of his three small children. The Times-Enterprise said Ross faces one to 10 years in prison escaping and 15 years behind bars for each stolen vehicle.

Ross was remanded to the Suffolk County Correctional Facility without bail pending extradiction to Georgia.

According to a report by WCTV, authorities were able to track Ross after his mother gave them his cell phone number; the report stated that Ross was working for a tree service based out of Ocala, Florida.

Veronica December 15, 2012 at 12:53 AM
Kudos to Riverhead Town Police and all police forces involved in getting this beast out of our town.
Emily Moon December 15, 2012 at 06:59 AM
I wonder why he was caught. I'm surprised he couldn't fit in with Riverhead's Misfits. He should have blended in that trailer park that houses criminal sex predators! Don't praise the Riverhead Cops; because they aren't the cats' meow. I OUGHTA KNOW!
Veronica December 16, 2012 at 01:20 AM
Just for the record the sex offenders aren't housed in a "trailer park", but in a trailer that is not part of a park. Not that I agree with it because I fiercely don't, but I don't want to give "trailer parks" a bad name, or I should say, a worse name than they already undeservedly have. And I know many Riverhead police officers who deserve lots of praise for many things. Just sayin'.
Emily Moon December 16, 2012 at 08:40 AM
Veronica- Just for the record there's nothing wrong with living in a trailer or a trailer park; but other articles have made it sound like they are in one Park in particular; and they should be in prison; not free to grab another victim. I fiercely don't agree with them roaming the streets. I know many Riverhead Police Officers too; and I also know that they did NOT administer justice for myself. They did not do their civil duties and their jobs. They have certain favorites in the community that they do favors for and they need to be investigated; however there's no one to investigate their uncomprehensible behavior; when they were supposed to be doing their jobs; not covering up crimes. : ( Just sayin'. It is what it is! I hope you and yours' enjoy the holiday season. Regards. M

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