Escaped Effingham County inmate found at Savannah hotel

Crime & Safety

EFFINGHAM COUNTY, Ga. (WSAV) — The search is over for an Effingham County inmate who escaped jail Monday night.

According to the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office (ECSO), 32-year-old Kevin David Lenix Wilson got out around 8 p.m., possibly through a malfunctioning door.

ECSO said with the help of the Savannah Police Department, Wilson was taken into custody around 7 p.m. Thursday at a hotel off of Ogeechee Road in Savannah.

Wilson was being held on multiple charges stemming from a traffic stop with the Rincon Police Department. He was also indicted on three counts of malice murder, one county of felony murder, aggravated assault, armed robbery and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in August 2020.

For residents who live close by to the Effingham County jail, Wilson’s escape came as a surprise. Some were concerned about not being notified as soon as the sheriff’s office found out the inmate was missing.

“It’s disappointing,” said Jkayla Wiggins, a Springfield resident who lives less than two miles from the jail. “I understand why they wouldn’t say anything but, you know, if you weigh out the options, it would have definitely been easier to let us know so we could have been on the lookout.”

ECSO told WSAV News 3 the delay in telling the public was to prevent tipping off the suspect. The sheriff’s office didn’t want the suspect to know that they were searching and calling in the U.S. Marshals Service for reinforcements.

At this time, Wilson’s escape is still under investigation.

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