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Schuylkill County Prisoner Caught

SCHUYLKILL COUNTY — State, local and county authorities began a manhunt Friday afternoon after a Schuylkill County prisoner escaped.

Authorities said Jessie Wolfe of Schuylkill Haven was being escorted from the county courthouse in Pottsville across the street to the prison when he took off running.

Wolfe was wearing a prison jumpsuit, with his hands cuffed together.

Wolfe was locked up at the Schuylkill County prison in Pottsville, accused of leading police in Schuylkill Haven on a chase earlier this week. He is wanted in Berks County for fleeing and eluding charges, as well.

“We all tried to stop him. He was too fast. He was up the hill,” said Anthony Corsino of Pottsville.

Corsino lives in a housing development near the prison and said he was shocked to see an inmate run by around 4 o’clock in the afternoon.

Once in the development, police said, Wolfe ran into one residencethrough an unlocked front door.

Melinda Davidson said she was asleep on her couch when he came in.

“I sat up and he came over to my couch and sat down next to me and said, ‘Lady, you need to help me. ‘ Yeah. I was quite scared. I didn’t know what to do. “

Davidson said the man was wearing handcuffs and told her to drive him somewhere.

Eventually, Davidson said she convinced him she could not do that. That is when she says he spotted her keys.

She said he took them and her wallet, ran outside, and took off in her gold van, still handcuffed.

“When he got in the van and started leaving, I called 911 right away. “

“It’s scary. He kept saying he wasn’t going to hurt me, but you never know. It was a prison inmate and we live so close to the prison. You never thought it would happen so close to home. It happened at home,” said Davidson.

According to the Schuylkill County Sheriff, Wolfe stopped in Washington Township and Pine Grove, asking people there to help him get the handcuffs off.

Then, the sheriff said he drove to Berks County where he left the van behind and likely took off in another vehicle.

According to the sheriff’s office, Wolfe was caught just before 1 a.m. Saturday, in a wooded area of Tilden Township in Berks County.  He was taken in to custody without incident, and no one was hurt. The sheriff tells Newswatch 16 Wolfe apparently had help during his hours of freedom, and those people will face charges for aiding a fugitive.

The U.S. Marshal’s Service, State Police and Berks County sheriff’s deputies aided in Saturday morning’s capture.

12 comments

  • jamie

    what i think is ppl shouldnt put there opinion n talk bout something they have no clue bout n never been through their selves.. nobody knows the life some of us were made to get through nobody is better then anyone else in my eyes ppl need to get lives of their own is what i think stop putting everyone else down cuz ur misserable..YOU ALL NEED TO GROW UP N WORRY BOUT UR OWN PETHETIC LIVES..

  • BQBM

    I am a little confused here? Let’s review…
    “Once in the development, police said, Wolfe ran into one residence through an unlocked front door. (lock your door dummy).
    Melinda Davidson said she was asleep on her couch when he came in. (ESPECIALLY if you are going down for a nap!)
    “I sat up and he came over to my couch and sat down next to me and said, ‘Lady, you need to help me. ‘ Yeah. I was quite scared. I didn’t know what to do. “ ( I would be scared too, that’s when I woulda got up and instead of getting the keys, got my semi whilst on the phone to police), or if I were alone in the house leave him there, lock myself in my van WITH my semi and call police and give them 2 minutes to get there or I am shooting this guy!)
    Davidson said the man was wearing handcuffs and told her to drive him somewhere. (he was still cuffed, and while still dangerous, somewhat impaired sooo GTF away from him by all means!)
    Eventually, Davidson said she convinced him she could not do that. That is when she says he spotted her keys. (How’s that? He don’t look like Gerard Butler much?)
    She said he took them and her wallet, ran outside, and took off in her gold van, still handcuffed. (He was just worthy of all those presents AND so skilled to be able to do all that in handcuffs?) Something tells me these handcuffs need revised!
    “When he got in the van and started leaving, I called 911 right away.“ (Finally!)
    So, it would seem miss Melinda was aiding and a-bedding? Does anyone else think her story sounds absurd?

    • BQBM

      “The sheriff tells Newswatch 16 Wolfe apparently had help during his hours of freedom, and those people will face charges for aiding a fugitive.”

  • My Yolo

    How tough can it be to escort an inmate across the street to the courthouse? This has happened numerous time in Schuylkill County. What’s up with that?

  • Greg B.

    “Lady, you gotta help me!”
    “Sure, but before I do that, let me show you this gun first”.
    And to the “writer” of this (now corrected) original article: well, they have this crazy new thing the kids are doing called “Auto Correct”…

  • wtf

    Who wrote this report. Literally lmfao here at the literacy. ‘An man hunt’ ‘escptrd’ ‘courthuse’ ‘fleeing adn eluding’ ‘she was was’ ‘spottted’ were you drunk?!?

  • Jared

    Seriously, who edits this stuff? Look at those blatant spelling mistakes. At least read what you post.

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