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Ionia County Jail escapee captured in 34 minutes

Gabriel Neff, 28, escaped the Ionia County Jail on Dec. 28 at 2:11 p.m., according to a sheriff’s news release.

 

Neff fled south from the jail toward the river trail and eventually into the Grand River while being pursued by several correctional officers. Ionia County Sheriff’s deputies, Ionia Public Safety officers and Michigan State Police troopers flooded the area and set up a perimeter around Neff. 

 

Neff was pursued on foot by officers, eventually gave himself up and was taken into custody without further issues at 2:45 p.m.  He was transported to Ionia Sparrow Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries relating to his exposure while in the river, officials said.

 

Neff was being held at the Ionia County Jail on charges of carjacking, robbery, and aggravated assault for an incident in May of 2018.  The sheriff’s office will be seeking additional charges of escape and resisting and obstructing an officer.

 

The nature of Neff’s escape is currently under investigation.  Until the investigation is completed, no further details will be released.  

 

Assisting with the capture of the fugitive was Ionia Public Safety, Michigan State Police, Department of Natural Resources and Ionia County Central Dispatch. 

 

 

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