Columbia police search for escapee from New Madrid Jail

Wednesday, March 24, 2010 | 7:39 p.m. CDT; updated 12:03 p.m. CDT, Thursday, March 25, 2010

COLUMBIA — Columbia police officers searched Wednesday morning for a man who escaped from New Madrid Jail between Friday night and early Saturday morning.

Jermaine Spears, 28, was not at the southwest Columbia residence when police arrived with a search warrant, according to a Columbia Police Department press release.

Witnesses are being interviewed, but it is unclear what the next step will be, said Public Information Officer Jessie Haden in the press release.

Spears pleaded guilty to a 2002 armed robbery of the Break Time on Nebraska Avenue in Columbia and was sentenced to seven years at the Missouri Department of Corrections. At the time of his escape, Spears was being held at New Madrid Jail on first-degree assault and second-degree robbery charges, according to Missouri

Spears is 6 feet tall, black, weighs 185 pounds and has tattoos on both arms. The press release said he should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts should call the police department at 874-7652 or CrimeStoppers at 875-8477.

Missourian reporter Rob Bratney contributed to this report.

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Rob Bratney March 25, 2010 | 10:18 a.m.
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