New charges for captured walkaway from Montgomery County Jail work detail

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Police search for man who escaped work detail

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UPDATE @ 12:30 a.m. (Nov. 21): Additional charges will be presented to the Montgomery County Prosecutor's Office for review on both Dillon Watson, the captured walkaway from the jail work detail, and anyone found to have knowingly assisted Watson in his escape, Sheriff's Maj. Matt Haines said in a statement.

Jail staff also will conduct an internal review to ensure that policies were followed and that no changes to procedures are necessary, Haines said.

Watson is no longer eligible to participate in the Inmate Worker program at the jail that provides job training skills to hundreds of inmates each year and saves taxpayers more than $2 million, the major said.

UPDATE @ 10:25 p.m. (Nov. 20): 

Dillon Watson, the walkaway from a Montgomery County Jail work detail, has been captured at a house in Harrison Twp., in the area of Neff Road.

Watson reportedly ran out the back door when authorities approached the house.

UPDATE @ 9:44 p.m. (Nov. 20):

Authorities are now following up on a tip that Dillon Watson, the walkaway from a Montgomery County Jail work detail, may have been picked up by someone driving a black Dodge Durango and dropped off somewhere on North Dixie Drive in Harrison Twp.

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UPDATE @ 8:54 p.m. (Nov. 20):

Authorities checked the Montgomery County Administration Building parking garage downtown in their search for Dillon Watson, believed to have run off from a work detail at the jail about an hour ago.

They didn’t find him there.

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Dayton police, Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputies and Five Rivers MetroParks rangers are working together to search the downtown Dayton area for Watson, believed to have shed his orange jail uniform in favor of white thermal underwear — tops and bottoms — and his jail-issued flip-flop shoes.

Authorities found an orange uniform around 8:30 p.m. near the jail.

Authorities alerted the state patrol, in case the escapee has made it to the interstate. They also have alerted RTA, in case the man tries to board a bus. We’re hearing he has relatives in the Vandalia-Huber Heights area.

The search team, which includes a Dayton police K-9 unit, was last seen headed west across the Third Street bridge.

Watson is described as 5 feet 9 inches tall, about 150 pounds and has brown hair and blue eyes, according to online jail records.


Deputies are looking for a 28-year-old man wearing an orange county jail uniform and flip-flop shoes who has run away from authorities.

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The man, identified as Dillon Watson, was last seen running in a southwest direction from the Montgomery County Jail toward Sinclair Community College.

The escape was reported just before 8 p.m. and we're hearing Watson was working a trash detail at the jail.

According to online jail records, Watson was booked into the facility on Nov. 2. He is serving time for disorderly conduct, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and a juvenile case of failure to appear. He also is accused on a probation violation.

We called the Sinclair Community College Department of Public Safety to see if any special precautions were put into action there, but an officer who answered the phone hung up.

Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputies are cruising the campus. Cruisers also are set up along West Third Street.

Dayton police are believed to be involved as well.

We will update this developing report as information becomes available. Stay with for more.

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