Helicopter and foot searches fail to find escapee

The Jackson County Sheriff's Department distributed this photo from Bradley William Monical's booking in August 2011.

A helicopter buzzed 22 miles of the greenway today as sheriff's deputies and search crews beat the bushes searching for a convicted bank robber who made a daring escape from the Jackson County Jail.

Jackson County Sheriff Mike Winters asked county residents to keep an eye out for Bradley William Monical, 42, who escaped the jail at about 10 p.m. Monday.

Winters also reminded people to not leave keys in cars and to lock their doors in order to keep Monical from attaining the means to escape the area.

"We don't want him to steal a car or some cash from someone's house," Winters said. "We want to make it as tough for him to leave this area as possible."

Authorities believe Monical escaped by standing on another inmate's shoulders in the recreation hall and removing a piece of metal mesh from the roof covering. He then jumped into a nearby tree and climbed down.

Winters dispatched a search helicopter this morning after Monical did not turn up the previous night.

The helicopter zoomed over a large section of the greenway as search and rescue and law enforcement walked the area searching for clues, Winters said.

Monical was wearing a green jail outfit that looks somewhat like nurses' scrubs. Deputies searched the alleys leading from the jail, but have not found that Monical ditched the greens to avoid detection, Winters said.

It is not known if Monical had a contact on the outside that would have given him a ride, Winters said.

"We have monitored his phone calls, and he seems to be loner," Winters said. "That's not to say that he didn't have help. We are looking into all possibilities."

Monical is described as 5 feet 7 inches tall and 170 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing dark green jail clothes. Officials said he is a danger to the community. Residents should call 911 immediately if they see him.

In a recent jail video, Monical is seen with short hair and a bald spot on the top of his head. In his mugshot plastered on flyers given to the public, his head is completely bald.

Monical was scheduled to be tried in March 2013 in Jackson County Circuit Court for the December 2010 robbery at an Ashland PremierWest Bank,

He was arrested following a robbery in Coos Bay in April 2011 and sentenced to 22 years in state prison for that crime.

He was indicted in July 2011 additional robbery charges linked to the Ashland case. He has been in the jail since August 2011 to face the additional charges.

The tree Monical jumped into has been chopped down, as have several others nearby. The recreation hall cover is also being fortified with a stronger material.

No blood was found on the tree to suggest that Monical suffered a serious injury following his jump. However, he could have experienced a minor injury and could be limping around.

Winters said anyone found helping Monical escape the area will face a felony charge for hindering prosecution.

"If you aid and abet him in any way, you will go to jail," Winters said.

— Chris Conrad

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