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Deputies pinch APD's man

March 17, 2006

Albany -- Friday afternoon the Dougherty County Sheriff's Office  caught a suspect who escaped from Albany Police earlier this week. Sheriff's investigators and drug agents arrested Geoffrey Hall at an East Albany Motel about 4:45PM, and turned him back over to Albany Police.

Hall was being questioned at the Albany Police station Wednesday when he escaped. Investigators picked him up on suspicion of forgery at Regions' Bank. They say when they tried to arrest him, he tried to run over police and deputies.

But after they got him to the Albany police station, officers walked out and left him unattended in an unlocked interrogation room. He escaped, and Albany Police waited more than four hours before they notified the public that he was on the loose.

Friday, Dougherty County Sheriff's Investigators stormed a room at the Regency Motel on East Oglethorpe, took Hall into custody and then drove him back to the Albany police station.

"He walked out the building a couple days ago, which is embarrassing to us, but we're glad we have him in custody," said APD Lt. James Williams. "We have taken measures to prevent that from happening again."

Albany Police will review their policies on how to handle suspects being questioned at the police station.

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