Multiple agencies searching for escaped Bristol, Va. Jail inmate

Steven Andrew Thompson

BRISTOL, VA (WJHL) – Bristol Virginia Sheriff’s Office deputies, along with several other agencies, are searching for an inmate who escaped from custody Wednesday afternoon.

According to a news release, Stephen Andrew Thompson, 30, of Bristol, Va., who was being held at the Bristol, Va. Jail, escaped from custody around 2:10 p.m.

Thompson was being held on possession of ammunition by a felon and obstruction of justice charges.

He was described as being 5-feet-11 inches tall, with brown eyes and closely cut brown hair.

Washington County Sheriff’s Office officials told us that Thompson is believed to be wearing boxers and white T-shirt.

Deputies, as well as Bristol, Va. Police Department officers, Bristol, Tenn. Police Department officers and the Washington County, Va. Sheriff’s Office, are assisting in the search for Thompson.

A helicopter also used in the search, as well as canines.

In a news release issued Wednesday night by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Thompson has also been charged for several  daytime burglaries that started in mid-June of this year in the Benhams area — which included surrounding areas such as Goose Creek, Wyndale, Reedy Creek, Gate City Highway and the Rich Valley Road.

Thompson was later developed as a suspect and was charged with two counts of breaking and entering and one count of grand larceny. He reportedly took several thousands of dollars worth of jewelry, coins and other personal items, some of which have been recovered.

In the release, sheriff’s office officials confirmed Thompson is currently a fugitive from justice after he escaped from the Bristol Virginia Jail on Wednesday.

According to the release from the sheriff’s office, an investigation is ongoing and additional charges and arrests are anticipated.

Thompson was last seen in the Goodson Street and Williams Street area.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Bristol Virginia Police Department at 276-645-7400 or call 911.

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