Relative to 1 Bon Air escapee arrested, charged in pair’s disappearance

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — As the search continues for a pair of Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center residents wanted for escaping earlier this week, comes news that a third person is charged in connection with their disappearance.

Early Monday morning, Jabar A. Taylor, 20, convicted of two counts of second-degree murder and aggravated malicious assault, and Rashad E. Williams, 18, convicted of malicious wounding and robbery escaped from Bon Air after they allegedly overpowered security staff and escaped through a hole that had been cut in a security fence, according to the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice.

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A day later, the United States Marshals Service (USMS) Fugitive Task Force arrested Gerald Thornton, 33, of Philadelphia, Pa., on two counts of aiding with the escape of a juvenile. Thornton, a relative of Williams, was taken into custody without incident. Thornton is being held in Pennsylvania, pending extradition to Chesterfield County.

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Earlier in the week, two more people were arrested for aiding in the escapee’s disappearance:

  • Destiny L. Harris, 23, of Chesterfield County, was charged with two counts of aiding with the escape of a juvenile. Harris, a Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice employee who worked at the Bon Air facility, is being held at the Chesterfield County Jail.
  • Darren Briggs, 42, of Lawrenceville, was charged with one felony count of providing a cell phone to a prisoner. Briggs, who was also a Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice employee who worked at the Bon Air facility, is being held at the Chesterfield County Jail. 

Marshals took this latest news to remind citizens that a reward of up to $5,000 is available for information leading to the arrest of each fugitive. Tips can be sent to 1-877-WANTED-2 (1-877-926-8332) or the Virginia State Police at (804) 553-3445. Tips can also be emailed to or through the Web and Mobile tips at

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