Escaped Inmate Caught
Today [Monday] at approximately 5:30 p.m., William L. Mercer, inmate who escaped from the Calhoun County Jail on Saturday, was apprehended in Jackson County by the Jackson Correctional Institution and the Apalachee Correctional Institution K-9 Tracking Teams. Calhoun County Sheriff's Office, with help from Calhoun County Correctional Institution, Liberty County Correctional Institution, Jackson County Correctional Institution, Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Bay County Sheriff's Office, Liberty County Sheriff's Office, Florida Highway Patrol, Florida Wildlife Commission, and the Blountstown Police Department, have been searching for the escaped inmate diligently since Saturday. The search shifted to Jackson County late this afternoon, due to a tip from a citizen.
Calhoun County Sheriff's Office reported over the weekend that Mercer had escaped from the Calhoun County Jail in the early morning hours of Saturday, February 21, 2015. It appears that the inmate was a pod trustee (pod trustees are allowed to work inside the jail doing laundry, passing out meal trays, etc.) and exited the jail through the old jail/kitchen area door after busting a lock.
Mercer's previous criminal history includes bank robbery and armed burglaries.
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