WHATCOM — Two escapees from a county sheriff’s work crew on Monday, Oct. 19, got no more than two days of freedom.
Christopher J. McCracken, 24, of Blaine, was recaptured Tuesday evening, Oct. 20, reported the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office, and Jonathan E. Pickett, 25, of Ferndale, was located on Wednesday morning.
Both had been spotted east of Nooksack on Tuesday, setting off a search effort using a Customs and Border Protection helicopter and Bellingham Police Department canine, according to a Sheriff’s spokeswoman. McCracken was arrested in the 4200 block of South Pass Road, but Pickett was not apprehended until about 11:25 a.m. Wednesday walking along Goodwin Road, according to sources. Citizen tips aided in the captures and Everson Police were involved.
At about noon Monday, Pickett and McCracken, minimum-security inmates of the county, fled from their in-custody work crew as their transport vehicel was parked near the corner of Northwest and West Smith roads. Notice of their escape and their physical descriptions was was put out to the public.
Law enforcement was unsuccessful searching that area using a dog and helicopter.
Pickett was in jail on a charge of violation of a no-contact order and was scheduled to be released Oct. 31. McCracken was serving a sentence of 266 days related to burglary of a storage unit and possession of a controlled substance. Now first-degree escape charges may be added to their criminal records.