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Prison escapee recaptured in Wayne County
Friday incident leads to slate of charges for Jinks
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Reginald Jinks - photo by Photo submitted

Reginald Jinks spent 24 hours on the run. He now faces a litany of charges stemming from his escape attempt last Friday morning.

Jinks, an Effingham Prison inmate who fled from a work detail, was recaptured Saturday morning in Odum by an off-duty Wayne County sheriff’s deputy. Jinks overpowered his civilian supervisor with the county road department, bound him with duct tape and left their job site along Pryor Road in the northwestern part of the county.

According to Effingham Sheriff’s Capt. Mike Bohannon, Jinks walked down Highway 24 and hitchhiked to Statesboro. He was let out at a convenience store there on Highway 301 and then hitched a ride to Claxton.

Jinks then carjacked the female who had given him a ride to Claxton. An alert was issued for that car, and it was spotted in Wayne County. Jinks was recaptured without incident, Bohannon said.

Authorities are looking into where Jinks, who is from Tattnall County, may have been headed and if he knew anybody in Statesboro and Claxton to help him.

Bohannon said Jinks was expected to be returned to the custody of the state Department of Corrections on Monday morning. He had been at the Wayne County jail since his re-arrest.

Jinks will not be coming back to the Effingham County Prison, Warden Ronald Spears said. His escape attempt took prison officials by surprise.

“He had been here for over a year and there were no disciplinaries in his record,” Spears said. “This is just a rare occasion. We didn’t see it coming.”

Jinks was in prison on a series of burglary convictions. He now faces charges of escape, two counts of felony theft by taking, kidnapping, aggravated assault, robbery and making terroristic threats.

He was eligible for parole in 2014 and his maximum possible release date was 2022 for the three current convictions, according to state Department of Corrections records. He has been in prison for the most recent convictions since 2005.