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Warren County, Virginia

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Work Release Escapee

Warren County, VA - On January 17, 2018 the Warren County Sheriff’s Office initiated an investigation to assist Rappahannock Shenandoah Warren Regional Jail in locating Matthew Perry Michael. Michael was wanted for escape while being assigned to the work force program.

During the course of this investigation additional charges were placed on Michael for communicating in writing to kill or do bodily harm to a family member, a violation of the Virginia State Code 18.2-60.

Investigator Pugh obtained information that Michael was at the Clarion Hotel, located at 711 Millwood Avenue in Winchester VA. With the assistance of Winchester Police Department and Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, Michael was taken into custody without incident for the above charge and the outstanding escape charge.

The investigation also identified Albert Byrd, Jr. from Gerrardstown WV and Courtney Rose Barrett from Hagerstown MD as being involved with the escape of Matthew Michael. These subjects were located during the apprehension of Michael and were charged with the following felonies:

18.2-473. Aiding the escape of a prisoner
18.2-22. Conspiracy to commit a felony
18.2-19. Accessory after the fact

Both subjects are being held without bond at Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center. 

The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are expected. Anyone with information is asked to contact Investigator Brad Pugh at the Warren County Sheriff’s Office 540-635-7100.

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January 19, 2018

Sheriff Daniel T. McEathron



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