October 30, 2014

Captured Randolph County jail escapee also wanted in Heard County

Courtesy of Vanessa Sorrell Burnside and The Randolph Leader

An inmate at Randolph County Jail escaped around noon Saturday, spent part of the night in hiding somewhere and stole a dump truck before being captured less than 48 hours later near Bowdon, Ga.

Roger Dale “Monk” Gosdin, 47, was incarcerated in Randolph County for third-degree burglary and first-degree theft. He was working as a trusty doing laundry on the first floor of the jail when he went out a back door and damaged the fence before getting away. When jailers went to check on Gosdin in the jail, he was not there.

Heard County authorities also has outstanding warrants on Gosdin for criminal trespassing, theft by taking and two for aggravated assault.

Robert Dale "Monk" Gosdin was captured in less than 48 hours after escaping the Randolph County (AL) jail

Robert Dale “Monk” Gosdin was captured in less than 48 hours after escaping the Randolph County (AL) jail

Law enforcement was alerted as to which direction to search when a resident of County Road 213 reported that the inmate had asked to use his telephone.

Then officers from throughout the area swarmed the woods and pastures around County Roads 133 and 213. Although airplanes flew overhead and tracking dogs from Kilby Prison picked up his scent, Gosdin was never spotted Saturday.

Saturday night’s search was scaled back when the tracking dogs just gave out. Roadblocks were set up until after midnight near locations where Gosdin might go. Officers in plain vehicles with thermal imaging drove through the area where he was believed to have been.

Among those assisting in the search were Randolph County Special Response Team, Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, Wedowee Police Department, Alabama Pardons and Paroles, Lineville Police Department, Clay County Sheriff’s Office, Ashland Police Department, Alabama Game & Fish, Alabama State Troopers, Georgia State Patrol, Chambers County Sheriff’s Office Aviation, Kilby Prison K-9 Team, Heard County Sheriff’s Office, Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, Randolph County Rescue Squad, Alabama National Guard and Randolph County volunteer fire departments.

The trail was picked up around 6:30 a.m. when it was discovered that the suspect had allegedly stolen a dump truck from the estate of Joel Stewart on County Road 133 and had driven over the fence, letting the cows loose on the road.

The state helicopter, which could not fly on Saturday, came on Sunday to look for the dump truck in places Gosdin might be apt to visit.

The Randolph County Special Response Team and Heard and Carroll county sheriff’s departments were alerted to a yellow house on Highway 100 South in Bowdon. The dump truck was parked behind an abandoned house that sits behind the yellow house. Gosdin had been to that house but was gone.

They received information that Gosdin had been picked up and later dropped off at another house on the opposite side of the road. That is where SRT and the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office apprehended Gosdin Sunday evening. He was placed in the Carroll County Jail.

New charges from Randolph County will include escape. Because the dump truck was located within the Wedowee police jurisdiction, Wedowee PD will charge Gosdin with first-degree theft for the truck and second-degree criminal mischief for damage to the pasture fence.

Carroll County, Ga., has charged Gosdin with attempting to elude a police officer, missing/defaced/obscured license plate, reckless driving, failure to obey stop signs and driving with license withdrawn.

Also arrested at the house was Gosdin’s sister, Amanda Jane Maddox, 45, of Bowdon. She is charged with hindering the apprehension of a criminal. Another person in the house, Christopher Michael Lovvorn, 42, was charged with obstruction of justice.

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