PHOTO by Terry Barner / The News Herald
Two Bay County Fl Female Jail inmates took off their prison-issue tops and fled a work detail at the former Cedar Grove City Hall about 12:30 p.m. Monday, before a dozen Bay County Sheriff's Office personnel recaptured them four blocks away after 30 minutes of freedom.
Janet Barefoot, her photo above, one of the two female prisoners who removed their outer shirts and fled from their Bay County Jail work detail Monday, is seen in photo above after recapture by about a dozen Bay County Sheriff's Office personnel along Kensinger Place in the Cedar Grove FL community about 1 p.m. The inmates were cleaning at the former Cedar Grove City Hall four blocks to the east when they fled about 12:30 p.m., officials said.
CEDAR GROVE FL — Two women who walked away from a Bay County Jail inmate work program were apprehended within an hour of their escape attempt Monday afternoon, but not before four Bay District Schools were forced to lock down on their first day of the school year.
Students at Cedar Grove Elementary, Springfield Elementary, Everitt Middle and Rutherford High were locked down during the manhunt for 23-year-old Janet Barefoot and 38-year-old Michele Marcinkewicz, according to Bay District spokeswoman Karen Tucker. The schools returned to normal operations after the women were apprehended around 1:30 p.m., Tucker said.
Authorities said Barefoot and Marcinkewicz were members of an inmate work crew assigned to clean the Sheriff’s Office’s Crime Prevention Office at 2730 E. 14th Street in the Cedar Grove community when they took off around 12:30 p.m. They were located less than a mile away about an hour later between 13th Street and 15th Street, west of East Avenue, according to investigators.
“They will have an additional charge of escape,” Sheriff Frank McKeithen said in a release. “We are presently looking for a statute on stupid; however, we haven’t found one yet.
Bill Warner Private Investigator Sarasota Fl at www.wbipi.com.