Inmate recaptured after escaping Grundy County Jail Saturday, sheriff says

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MORRIS, Ill. — The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office said a man who escaped from Grundy County Jail Saturday was recaptured Sunday afternoon.

Deputies captured Andrew Viles, 34, and took him into custody near the intersection of Stockdale Road and North Saratoga Road in Morris, IL, just after 2 p.m. Sunday, the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

“We are truly grateful for the unity shown throughout this investigation between the public, our communities, and the Sheriff’s Office. This unity led to capturing a fugitive in less than 24 hours,” the office said.

Viles has been in custody since June 1 pending a burglary charge, and reportedly left the facility during a meal delivery just after 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

In an interview with WCSJ posted online, Sheriff Ken Briley said they recaptured Viles after a deputy spotted him near some railroad tracks while driving in the area. During their investigation, the office said it received an “outpouring” of tips from the community over the 24 hours Viles was on the run.

While in custody, officials said Viles had been a model inmate and earned the role of jail trustee within the facility. The trustee role allowed him certain privileges, including assisting with meal service.

The events leading up to Viles obtaining civilian clothing and leaving the jail are under investigation.

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