Bond set for Jones County escapee

Bond set for Jones County escapee

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Bond has been set for a Jones County escapee that walked out of court while in custody of the Laurel Police Department Wednesday.

Beatrice Gardner was charged with felony escape and had her initial appearance in Jones County Justice Court Friday morning, where a judge set her bond at $50,000.

Just hours after Gardner's escape, the Jones County Sheriff's Department was notified, and deputies began looking for Gardner by using known addresses of her family and friends.

According to the JCSD, deputies got in contact with an acquaintance of Gardner's who provided an address of a friend. The friend's name was Tina Jones, 46 of Ellisville.

When deputies arrived at Jones' home, Gardner came to the front door and surrendered, according to the JCSD.

Deputies found out that Gardner walked away from LPD custody with a handcuff dangling from one wrist.

After her escape, Gardner walked to some businesses near the police department. She got a ride from someone near Sawmill Square Mall.

According to the JCSD, the person who dropped Gardner off at Jones' home was believed to not have been aware of her escape.

Jones was charged with aiding and abetting. She was released pending grand jury.