Convicted rapist back in custody after brief escape in Bay Minette

Baldwin County

CORRECTION: Tidwell did not escape from North Baldwin Infirmary, according to a Thursday morning statement from Hannah Peterson with Infirmary Health.

Instead, Wednesday afternoon, Tidwell walked away from a clinic not affiliated with the hospital, which is located across the street from NBI at 2002 Hand Ave., according to updated and corrected information provided Thursday morning by Bay Minette Police Chief Al Tolbert.

BAY MINETTE, Ala. (WKRG) — 46-year-old Jesse Tidwell, Jr. in handcuffs again after an hour-and-a-half run from the law.

“He was serving a 30-year sentence for rape,” said Bay Minette Police Chief Al Tolbert. “Obviously we do not want him running around in our neighborhoods.”

Just after 2 p.m. Wednesday, Tidwell ran from his guards at North Baldwin Infirmary and into the nearby woods. “He was receiving medical treatment escaped from the guards crossed Hand Ave across from the hospital to a wooded area,” said Tolbert. Six blocks were shut down while law enforcement from the city, county, and state swarmed the area.

Tracking dogs and a helicopter were also called in to help. An hour and a half later, the dogs found him at the school systems bus barn off Highway 287. “He was found in a square wooden box hidden in there and the dogs tracked exactly to that location.”

Tidwell has been returned to Fountain Correctional Facility in Atmore.

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