Search continues for escaped Chester County jail inmate

CHESTER COUNTY, Tenn. — Authorities continue to search for a man who escaped from the Chester County jail on Wednesday.

Aurelius Crayton

40-year-old Aurelius Crayton is wanted by the U.S. Marshals for escape from a penal facility.

Crayton is described as a black male, approximately 6’3″ tall and weighing about 235 pounds.

According to the U.S. Marshals, Crayton escaped from the facility around 3 p.m. Wednesday along with another inmate, 22-year-old David Billings.

David Billings

The Henderson Police Department says Billings was captured around 5 p.m. Wednesday and authorities recovered a vehicle that had been stolen following the escape.


Courtesy: Henderson Police Department

U.S. Marshals say Crayton has a long, violent criminal history including robbery, firearm offenses, assault, narcotics and evading arrest.

Investigators believe he could be in the Jackson area, and he is known to also go by the name of Aurelius Watkins.

Surveillance footage shows Crayton wearing a white shirt following his escape. Another image shows a red shirt being worn over the white shirt.


Courtesy: Crime Stoppers

Crayton should be considered armed and dangerous, and anyone with information on his whereabouts can contact the Chester County Sheriff’s Office at (731) 989-2787 or Crime Stoppers at (731) 424-8477.

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