Jailbreak reward increased

Jackson County will pay $6,000 to anyone with information leading to the arrest of Bradley William Monical, 42

The reward for information leading to the arrest of the man who escaped from the Jackson County Jail on Nov. 19 has been upped to $6,000, officials said.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Department is continuing to scour the area for 42-year-old Bradley William Monical.

Deputies and search volunteers have combed the Bear Creek Greenway, much of Medford and areas of Highway 140, but have found no sign of the escapee.

Officials think that Monical escaped by standing on another inmate's shoulders in the recreation hall and pulling away a piece of metal mesh from the roof covering. He then leapt into a nearby tree and climbed down.

Monical is described as 5 feet 7 inches tall and 170 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

Officials said he is a danger to the community. Anyone who sees him should call 911 immediately.

In a jail video taken recently, Monical is seen with hair and a bald spot on the top of his head. In his mug shot plastered on fliers given to the public, his head is bald.

He was scheduled to be tried in March 2013 in Jackson County Circuit Court for a December 2010 robbery at an Ashland PremierWest Bank.

He was arrested following a robbery in Coos Bay in April 2011, convicted and sentenced to 22 years in state prison. He has been in the Jackson County Jail since August 2011 to face the Ashland charges.

The Sheriff's Department used a helicopter to search for Monical. The helicopter flew a 22-mile stretch of the Greenway last week. No sign of Monical was found.

Monical was wearing a green jail outfit and slip-on canvas shoes when he escaped. Deputies have searched alleys leading away from the jail, as well as the bikepath, but the clothes have not been found.

Sheriff's deputies will conduct sweeps of additional areas of the county this week, officials said.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Department is asking anyone with any information to call the sheriff's tip line at 541-774-8333 or Crime Stoppers of Southern Oregon at 1-800-850-0580. Crime Stoppers will pay a reward up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest in this case. Callers can remain anonymous. Sheriff Mike Winters previously announced a $5,000 reward for information leading to Monical's capture.

Reach reporter Chris Conrad at 541-776-4471 or email cconrad@mailtribune.com.

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