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For Immediate Release

November 13, 2009 Lee Banks, Supervisory Deputy (828) 230-6986
Madison County Escapee Captured

Waynesville, N.C. - Friday the thirteenth has proved to be a very unlucky day for a Madison County jail escapee and an 18 year old associate.

On November 4, 2009, Benjamin Justin Jones escaped as he was being booked into the Madison County on federal charges of providing false information to a United States Forest Service Officer. He eluded officers until early this morning when he was located and arrested in the Jonathan's Creek area of Waynesville by deputies from the U.S. Marshals Service and Haywood County Sheriff's Office. An associate of Jones, Nichole Cochran, was arrested at the residence and is being charged with aiding an escaped prisoner.

Both Jones and Cochran have been placed in the Buncombe County Jail pending their initial appearance in U.S. District Court Monday morning.