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Florida Department of Corrections
Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Press Release
April 2, 2012
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Hamilton and Suwannee Correctional Institution Canine Units Capture Fleeing Suspects

On March 30, 2012, the canine units from Hamilton Correctional institution, in coordination with the canine Unit from Suwannee Correctional Institution assisted the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office in tracking and capturing two suspects who had fled from city of Jasper Police and Hamilton County Sheriff’s deputies in  the area of 898 SW 6th Street in Hamilton County.

The Hamilton Work Camp K-9 team searching for the suspects consisted of Lt. G. Sikes, Lt. L. Williams, Sergeant W. Billingsley, Officer J. Turner and Officer J. Tolle;  and Lt. Hamlin, Sgt. Hamm, Officer Carter and Officer Burnham from Suwannee Correctional Institution, accompanied by Chief McGuire of the City of Jasper along with other members of the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office.  The suspects fled on foot from local law enforcement after being involved in a brief vehicle chase that resulted in a car crash. The first suspect, Pierre Chapman, was captured by a K-9 unit after an extensive chase through a residential area. Found hiding behind a tree, the suspect was charged with resisting arrest, possession of weapon/ammo by a convicted felon, possession of narcotic equipment, and possession of cocaine.  The second suspect was tracked for approximately one quarter of a mile before he was discovered hiding in a creek bed submerged in the mud and water.  The second suspect, Javon Bell, was charged with resisting an officer without violence, willful and reckless driving, fleeing the scene of accident with property damage, possession of weapon/ammo by convicted felon, possession of narcotic equipment, and possession of cocaine.  

“Great job by K-9 Turbo and our K-9 handlers from Hamilton and Suwannee Correctional Institutions in locating these suspects,” said Hamilton CI Warden John Palmer. “The work performed by these brave men and women, who place their lives on the line each day, is beyond measure in terms of positive impact on the local community.”

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