Correctional officer helped trusty escape Cherokee County authorities
POSTED: Friday, May 9, 2014 - 6:12pm
UPDATED: Saturday, May 10, 2014 - 8:41pm
Jacksonville, Texas — A Cherokee County correctional officer was taken into custody early Friday morning after she admitted to helping a trusty escape.
Miranda Shay Emmons, 22, of Jacksonville, who had worked for the county since February 2014, was taken into custody at 3:00 a.m. and charged with permitting or facilitating escape, a third degree felony. Justice of the Peace Brenda Dominy set her bail at $10,000.
Following Wagoner's escape on Wednesday around 7:45 p.m., investigators received information leading them to believe Emmons was part of the getaway. There was not enough evidence at the time the arrest warrant was issued for Thomas Kyle Wagoner, the trusty, to also issue a warrant for Emmons.
Emmons told investigators she was in Oklahoma at a casino during his disappearance and denied any involvement in Waggoner's escape. She was scheduled to return to work on Friday, but she agreed to come back Thursday night and to meet with detectives.
Around 11:15 p.m. Thursday, she arrived at the sheriff's office for the interview. By that time, investigators had already secured a search warrant for Emmons' vehicle and cell phone. During the interview, Emmons admitted to picking Wagoner up and taking him to Frio County, Texas. Emmons was unaware that Waggoner had been arrested shortly after she dropped him off.
Emmons was arrested Friday morning. She made bond later in the day and has been released.
Also this morning, two investigators from Cherokee County left for Hondo, Texas, to bring Wagoner back to Rusk. They expect to have Wagoner back in the Cherokee County Jail by 10:00 p.m. tonight.
The investigation is ongoing.