Shortly after noon Wednesday, with assistance from the Greenwood Police Department, Rosie May Jones, 25, no address given, was arrested in connection with Saturday’s escape of Tony R. Shreve, 35, from the Rush County Jail.
Shreve escaped shortly after 11 a.m. into a waiting vehicle while on a brief work detail in which inmate workers exit a side entrance to the jail in order to bring in contracted meals for the inmates.
Shreve had been in custody since October 2012 and had served as an inmate worker for some time prior to his escape.
It’s alleged that during the pre-planned escape, while outside the jail, Shreve entered a vehicle driven by Amie Dawn Hernandez, 24, and fled the area.
Investigators contend that Jones knew of the impending escape plan and was a willing participant. As a result, she is facing a class “C” felony charge of conspiracy in connection with the jail break.
Jones is currently housed in the same facility that housed Shreve and is being held on a $30,000 bond.
During the investigation, officers linked Jones to Hernandez and believe that she not only knew of the then approaching escape plan but initially was going to flee the area with Hernandez and Shreve.
Rush County Prosecutor Phil Caviness said for undisclosed reasons Jones changed her mind at the last minute and did not leave the area, but did maintain possession of Hernandez’s cell phone in an attempt to help disguise the fugitives’ real whereabouts.
“As a result of the cell phone matter, with the suspects going in one direction and the phone in another, it slowed us down a little during the early stages of the investigation. Now we are working diligently to make arrests in this case,” Rush County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Richard Gosser said.
He continued by asking for the public’s help, saying that anyone that may know Hernandez’s current location should contact officers with her location to bring this matter to a close.
At the time of the escape, Hernandez was under house arrest in Shelbyville on a local charge of operating a motor vehicle after driving privileges were suspended for being deemed a habitual traffic violator.
“Investigators found that Jones knew of the jail break and also knew that Hernandez was going to cut off her ankle bracelet monitor,” Caviness said.
Investigators now believe the gold 1998 Nissan Altima four door sedan used in the escape has since been changed for another vehicle in North Carolina and the pair of fugitives are en route to the south Florida area. No information regarding the second vehicle was given by authorities.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Shreve or Hernandez is asked to contact local law enforcement. The RPD can be contacted at 765-932-3907 and the RCSD at 765-932-2931.
Contact: Frank Denzler @ 765.932.2222 x106