Update: One inmate captured, one still at large in Gulf County

Gulf County

UPDATE as of 11:15 a.m.

Rex Veasy, 29, has reportedly been captured in Franklin County. He was spotted in a wooded area and taken into custody.

The Gulf County Sheriff’s Office is still searching for 43-year-old Chad Johnson. He was last seen wearing orange shorts and a short-sleeve white shirt.

The Port St. Joe Police Department said they received a report of a stolen passenger van with “Paul Gant BBQ” written on the side, and it is believed to have been stolen by Johnson.

Johnson was being held on charges of possession of child pornography, grand theft of a vehicle, battery on a law enforcement officer and attempted escape.

ORIGINAL STORY:

GULF COUNTY, Fla. (WMBB) – The Gulf County Sheriff’s Office is searching for two inmates that escaped from the Gulf County Detention Facility.

Authorities said 29-year-old Rex Veasey, Jr. and 43-year-old Chad Johnson escaped early Tuesday morning.

Veasey has escaped from the Gulf County Detention Facility before. Authorities said he escaped last year on the afternoon of October 27, 2020. He was found that same evening.

Veasey was last seen wearing orange shorts and a long-sleeve white shirt. He was in jail on charges of sexual battery with a weapon on a victim between 12 and 17, aggravated assault, false imprisonment and escape.

Johnson was last seen wearing orange shorts and a short-sleeve white shirt. He was being held on charges of possession of child pornography, grand theft of a vehicle, battery on a law enforcement officer and attempted escape.

Authorities said early Tuesday morning they were searching in the areas of Avenue A and Clifford Sims Drive in Port St. Joe.

Anyone with information should call local law enforcement.

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