GREENE COUNTY, TN (WJHL) – Greene County Sheriff’s Office deputies are searching for an inmate who escaped from a work crew Tuesday afternoon.
According to GCSO officials, Rex Allen Gray, 44, walked away from the work crew around 2:30-3 p.m. and then reportedly took a bicycle from the workhouse.
Wednesday afternoon, Greene County jail administrator, Roger Willett, said they recovered the bike Gray escaped with, but were still searching for Gray.
“We believe he’s still in the area, anyone that might see this individual we ask that you contact the sheriff’s department,” Willett said.
Gray was booked into the jail on Jan. 5 on charges of drug court violation, reckless driving, evading arrest, driving on a revoked license-5th offense and resisting arrest.
Willett said around half of Greene County’s jail population is at the workhouse.
It is a place where inmates have the ability to perform different work details for the county, but Willett said not everyone qualifies.
“A murderer is simply not going out, aggravated assaults, serious drug charges. Their charges go into determining who can work, their past performance goes into determining who can work,” Willett said.
Even though Gray was behind bars for charges like evading and resisting arrest, Willet said he had proven himself and had just months left before he was set to be released.
“He was working in the garden, and done some work in our new classroom and done a great job, and just decided he wanted to walk off,” Willett said.
Rex Gray now faces an addition charge of felony escape.
“If you mess that opportunity up, you won’t have that opportunity again if you come back to jail,” Willett said.
Anyone who sees Gray is asked not to approach him or try to apprehend him, but to call the sheriff’s office at 423-798-1800 or call local law enforcement.
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