• Escapee likely has left the area

  • Did our sheriff ever catch his tree-climbing escapee? Kind of wondered.
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  • Did our sheriff ever catch his tree-climbing escapee? Kind of wondered.
    — R.W., Medford
    We assume you're talking about Bradley William Monical, R.W., and not some species of ape or feline the Jackson County Jail had locked up.
    Police have said the U.S. Marshals Service has taken over the case, and Monical is believed to no longer be in the area.
    "We still meet with them regularly," said Jackson County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Andrea Carlson. "That is still actively being done."
    Monical, a suspect in a 2011 armed robbery in Ashland, was being held in the Jackson County Jail on first-degree robbery charges. He had reportedly admitted to various other bank robberies throughout the Northwest, including Coos Bay.
    Authorities said he escaped the jail by standing on another inmate's shoulders in the recreation hall, removing a piece of metal mesh from the roof covering and jumping to a nearby tree.
    Police and K-9 units hunted for him, but that night's rainfall made it difficult for the tracking dogs. The tree he jumped to, along with several others, have since been cut down. Jail officials also covered the recreation hall with stronger material.
    Authorities described Monical as 5 feet 7 inches tall and 170 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. If you see him, you should call 911.
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