Back Behind Bars

By: Erin Tate
By: Erin Tate

"We recognize there were errors made and we're correcting those errors," says Captain Tim Carter of the Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office.

For 36 hours, convicted rapist Nolan Huffman was on the loose. He had been in custody at the Shenandoah County Jail since April, but was sentenced just one week ago to sixteen years in prison.

Wednesday around 4:45 a.m. he was cleaning the front office of the jail when he slipped past a female supervisor and out the front door.

"We believe this was a crime of opportunity. He took that opportunity and fled the jail," says Carter.

He says it took several sightings, phone tips and state agencies before Huffman was found Thursday evening.

Police found Huffman at Taskers Gap in the George Washington National Forest just east of Edinburg. It took the Sheriff's Office, the Forest Service, State Police, the Virginia Game Commission and a canine unit to track him down.

People who live near Taskers Gap say they were concerned about Huffman's escape and are relieved to know he's been captured.

Shenandoah County inmates have escaped before, but only from work release situations, not actually from jail.

Carter says the Sheriff's Office is taking steps to keep this type of thing from happening again.

Carter would not comment on how Huffman's jail supervisor might be disciplined, nor would he give any details about how jail security will be strengthened.

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