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Escaped Lauderdale Co. inmate returns to jail

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Jerry Don Crowden (Source: Lauderdale County Detention Center) Jerry Don Crowden (Source: Lauderdale County Detention Center)
LAUDERDALE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

A Lauderdale County escapee is back in jail after being on the run for 36 hours.

Tuscumbia Police located Jerry Don Crowden late Sunday afternoon.

Police said they found Crowden while they were looking for someone else.

Tuscumbia Police Chief Tony Logan said his men got a tip about a wanted man in the city. He said while they were searching the home, they found Crowden.

Police said Crowden was hiding in a closet inside a home on Cave Street.

Logan said Crowden gave his men a fake name, fake birth dates, and said the name he gave them came up as a man who is deceased.

He said his men took him into custody and turned him over to the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department.

"Jerry Don Crowden is obviously a career criminal," Logan said. "He's a convicted sex offender. He was wanted in multiple burglaries of residences, so getting him off the street, he was looking at a long time in prison. He's a big escape risk, a flight risk, and I think a danger to the community."

According to investigators at the Lauderdale County Detention Center, Crowden climbed the side of the exercise fence, made his way to the roof, and then jumped down.

They said Crowden just returned to Lauderdale County for a court appearance. Before that, he was being held in Bibb County.

Logan said his men were very lucky to find Crowden unarmed in a Tuscumbia home. He said he fears the situation would have been much worse if he was armed.

The jail here in Lauderdale County will undergo repairs starting on Wednesday.

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