By Gary Lloyd
LEEDS — A manhunt began Sunday night in Leeds for an escaped convict who fled from Alabama State Troopers earlier in the day.
The man, Tyler Russell Baird, ran into a wooded area near the Southern Trace subdivision.
The search Sunday was called off around 9 p.m.
Baird escaped from a Decatur work release center at about 10:30 p.m. Nov. 23.
Baird is a 21-year-old white male with brown hair and blue eyes. He is 6-foot-2 and 150 pounds. He has several tattoos, including a nude woman with horns, a Southern Brotherhood shield, a helmet with a swastika and a rat with a knife, a skull with horns, a sun/205 and a cross.
He was sentenced in July 2013 to 10 years in prison for firing a gun into an occupied building or car in St. Clair County.
If you have any information concerning the whereabouts of this escapee, you’re encouraged to notify your local law enforcement agency, the facility from which the inmate escaped or call the Alabama Department of Corrections at 1-800-831-8825.
UPDATE Dec. 4 at 3:30 p.m.: Baird was recaptured without incident at about 2 p.m. Thursday in Alabaster, according to the Alabama Department of Corrections.
“The department would like to thank the local U.S. Marshals Service office for their assistance in the recapture,” an ALDOC statement reads. “This incident is under investigation and we will be referred to the local District Attorney for potential prosecution, so we are unable to release any further information.”
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