A well-designed exterior cell window prevented a would-be Christmas Day escape from the Bulloch County Jail, and the inmate who tried to flee has been charged in the incident, the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office said.
On Dec. 25, deputies assigned to the sheriff's office Jail Division noted damage to an exterior jail cell window. Deputies removed the inmates occupying that cell, including Tahjz Michael Irving, 23, of Laurel Park in Riverdale, Ga., and an investigation into the damage was begun in accordance with jail policy, Sheriff Lynn Anderson said in a news release issued Tuesday morning.
Further examination of the area revealed damage to the security fence surrounding the cellblock. The scene was processed as a crime scene, and the case turned over to the Criminal Investigations Division.
After interviewing multiple inmates and reviewing jail records, investigators determined that a second suspect had cut the fence and helped Irving damage the exterior cell window in an attempt to escape, Anderson said.
The window, designed to withstand damage and such attempts to escape, foiled the escape attempt, Anderson said, adding that quick action by jail deputies prevented further damage.
Sheriff's Investigator Jason Long issued a warrant charging Irving with criminal attempt to commit escape, and Irving is being held in a security cell pending further judicial action.
The individual who cut the security fence and helped Irving from the outside is being sought on criminal charges, Anderson said. That individual's identity is being withheld at this time so as not to hinder the investigation, the sheriff said.
Irving was arrested in October on warrants issued by Georgia Southern University Police charging him with burglary, kidnapping, simple battery and criminal trespass stemming from a November 2012 incident at Eagle Village. No bond had been set for Irving at the time of his escape attempt.
University Police reported in November 2012 that five unknown subjects entered a room at Eagle Village without consent, physically assaulted several occupants and took their cellphones.
Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact Long at (912) 764-1747 or submit an anonymous tip to email@example.com.