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UPDATE: Fifth Person Charged in RSW Prison Escape

27 January 2018 News

A fifth person has been charged in relation to the January 17th escape of an inmate at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail. Warren County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Brad Pugh was quoted as saying that police have arrested James Huber Jay; according to Pugh, Jay had made arrangements to pick up prison escapee Matthew Perry Michael knowing full well that the man was incarcerated and planning escape.



According to published reports, a preliminary hearing has been set for the cases of three people who were allegedly involved in the escape of a prisoner from Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail. Judge Dale Houff scheduled a hearing date of 2 p.m. March 21st for Matthew Perry Michael, Albert Byrd and Courtney Rose Barrett.

On Thursday, January 18th, officers discovered Michael, Byrd, Barrett and April Lyn McDaniel hiding out at the Clarion Hotel in Winchester after their escape from a prison work program a day earlier. Investigator Brad Pugh said that Michael answered the door of his room when police knocked; officers then found illegal drugs and drug-related paraphernalia, according to a criminal complaint.

McDaniel was charged with possession of a controlled substance and Barrett with unauthorized possession of drug paraphernalia. Those cases are all in Winchester. The preliminary hearings for those is scheduled for 1 p.m. June 20.

Barrett and Byrd were both charged in Warren County with three charges related to aiding the escape of a prisoner. Michael was charged with escaping jail and extortion in writing.

Michael, Barrett, Byrd and McDaniel are all being held without bail.



At approximately 7:28 p.m. on January 18th, Winchester Police received a report that an escaped inmate from the Rappahannock Shenandoah Warren (RSW) Regional Jail was in the area of Apple Blossom Drive and Millwood Avenue. After a brief investigation and coordination with other law enforcement agencies, officers arrested the escaped inmate and three others closely involved in the incident.

Matthew Perry Michael, 36, an inmate at RSW, is charged with escaping jail and issuing threats of death. April Lyn McDaniel, 33, of Inwood, is charged with possession of a controlled substance. Albert Byrd, 42, of Gerrardstown, is charged with conspiracy, accessory, and aiding the escape of a prisoner. Courtney Rose Barrett, 21, of Hagerstown, is charged with possession of paraphernalia, supplying a false identification to law enforcement officers, conspiracy, accessory, and aiding the escape of a prisoner.

Officers arrested the suspects in a room at the Clarion Hotel, located at 711 Millwood Avenue, where drug paraphernalia and trace amounts of suspected crack cocaine were found.

The successful resolution of the incident was a mutual effort by the Winchester Police Department, the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, and the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.



On January 17th, at approximately 3 p.m., the RSW Regional Jail received notification that RSW Community Custody Work Force inmate Matthew Perry Michael was missing from his work assignment with the Warren County Parks and Recreation Department.

At 6:25 a.m., Michael was transported along with other Work Force inmates by Warren County Parks and Recreation personnel to the Warren County Maintenance Shop. Almost nine hours later, the jail was contacted and informed that Michael could not be located or accounted for. The Warren County Sheriff’s Office was immediately contacted, and a warrant for escape was obtained for Michael.

Michael was convicted of Probation Violation on October 16th, 2017, by the Warren County Circuit Court and sentenced to 1 year and 11 months, with eight months to serve. He was scheduled for release on April 24th, 2018.

Anyone with questions or information regarding the investigation can contact investigator Brad Pugh at the Warren County Sheriff’s Office at 540-635-4128.

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