An Indianapolis woman is accused of escaping from jail after she says police officials are the ones who set her free. Brandy Majors was arrested Thursday on charges of auto theft and transported to Indiana's Marion County Jail. According to the 32-year-old, she was then told on Friday morning that she was free to go.
Majors then says she collected her belongings, walked out of the back door of the County Jail and then even walked back in to call for a ride.
“I went to the front of the jail and used the courtesy phone that they have right by the front doors,” she told Fox59. “As I was waiting my turn, I even went to the rest room inside the jail, came out of the rest room inside the jail, came out of the rest room and waited for my turn, used the phone to call a ride.”
After being home for more than 24 hours, Majors received a call from her brother-in-law saying that she was on the news and was being accused of escaping from prison.
“He said, ‘You’re all over Fox 59 News that you escaped from jail.’ And I’m, like, ‘What?’”
In an effort to set the record straight, Majors and her husband Greg decided to contact Fox59 to give them an exclusive interview before eventually being detained by the police.
“She’s not ready to go back down there and be treated like an escapee from the Marion County Jail,” Greg Majors said. “So I rode away from the house and I called Fox 59 News and I said, ‘Hey, I wanna set this story straight. You guys have been pumped full of misinformation.’”
Just hours later, Brandy gave her side of the story and then consented to a phone call to Marion County Sheriff John Layton to surrender based on his personal guarantee that she would not be held in the Marion County Jail while her disappearance was investigated. While the reporter did not get in touch with Layton, he did leave a message on his voicemail.
As they waited for a return call from the Sheriff, a detective arrived and took her into custody.
According to Fox59, Greg Majors eventually received assurance from Layton that his wife would not be housed in the Marion County Jail and treated as an escape risk.
“So you’re giving me your word now that you will have her transferred to the Hendricks County Jail within 20 minutes her being in your jail?” Majors asked during a phone call with the sheriff. “She will not be sitting in your jail?”
Majors said he got just such an assurance from Layton who later told Fox 59 News that he received confirmation that Majors was on her way to the Hendricks County Jail in Danville at 6 p.m. Sunday.
Fox59 reports that Majors is being held on a $500 cash bond for the auto theft in Hendricks County that she says she did not commit.
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