General Crime

Jesse Eagle Wilmes, Jail Inmate Who Escaped, Is Brought Back To Santa Rosa County

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An inmate at the North County Detention Facility escaped Saturday afternoon but surrendered the following afternoon, a Sonoma County sheriff’s sergeant said.

Jesse Eagle Wilmes’ brief flight from custody started around 2:30 p.m. Saturday when he ran through a gate as it was closing at the facility for low-risk inmates north of Santa Rosa, Sgt. Cecile Focha said.

Sheriff’s deputies and a K-9 unit searched the area and other locations in the county but did not find Wilmes, Focha said.

Wilmes was in custody since March 5 for felony grand theft of a motor vehicle, receiving stolen property, possession of narcotics and violating probation.

He was convicted of the grand theft charge with prior offenses and sentenced on March 21 to five years in the county jail. The sentence was reduced to 20 months, Focha said.

State prison inmates who are deemed non-violent, non-serious and non-sexual offenders are housed in county jails to reduce the state prison population. The inmates are considered low risk and require less security than state prison inmates, Focha said.

Wilmes surrendered around 4 p.m. Sunday at the Main Adult Detention Facility in Santa Rosa, Focha said. He now faces an escape charge and is being held without bail. He will be arraigned Tuesday afternoon in Sonoma County Superior Court.

Another North County Detention Facility inmate, Zephyr Malik Carter, 41, ran away from a work crew on July 28. He was serving two years and eight months for his involvement in a major credit card fraud and identity theft ring.

Carter is still at large and a no bail warrant has been issued for his arrest, Focha said. He has ties to Oakland and Hayward, has several aliases and goes by the nickname Malik.

Carter has the means to create fictitious identification and credit cards but is not considered a threat to public safety, Focha said.

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