A correctional officer, Miranda Shay Emmons, 22, of Jacksonville, who had worked for Cherokee County since February 2014, was arrested at 3 a.m. Friday and charged with permitting or facilitating escape, a third-degree felony, according to the sheriff’s office.
Justice of the Peace Brenda Dominy conducted the arraignment of Emmons and set her bond at $10,000.
After the escape of Thomas Kyle Wagoner about 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, investigators received information that led them to believe Emmons was involved in his escape, stated a news release from Capt. John R. Raffield.
When the arrest warrant was issued for Wagoner on the escape charge, there was not sufficient evidence to issue an arrest warrant for Emmons, Raffield said.
However, her vehicle was entered into the National Crime Information Center/Texas Crime Information Center along with the arrest warrant for Wagoner, in the event the vehicle was stopped by law enforcement.
Investigators and deputies had been in phone contact with Emmons during the first few hours of the investigation, but Emmons insisted she was in Oklahoma at a casino during the time he disappeared, and continued denying any involvement in the escape. She was due to return to work on Friday morning and agreed to meet with investigators.
She arrived at the sheriff’s office about 11:15 p.m. Thursday for the interview, and by that time investigators had secured a search warrant for Emmons’ vehicle and cell phone.
The search warrant was executed at 1 a.m. Friday after an interview with her when she admitted to picking Wagoner up and taking him to a location in Frio County, where he was arrested, according to information from the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.
When Emmons arrived at the sheriff’s office for the interview, she was unaware that he had been arrested shortly after she dropped him off, a sheriff’s spokesperson said.
At 8:30 a.m. Friday, two investigators from Cherokee County left for Hondo to bring Wagoner back to Rusk. Wagoner was expected back in Cherokee County Jail by 10 p.m. Friday.
Emmons posted bond earlier in the day and has since been released.
The investigation is ongoing.