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UPDATED: WCSO reports 2 work crew escapees in custody

McCracken, Christopher J. (left) and Jonathan E Pickett (right). Photos provided by Whatcom County Sheriff's Office
McCracken, Christopher J. (left) and Jonathan E Pickett (right). Photos provided by Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office

FERNDALE, Wash. — 1 of 2 men reported to have escaped from a Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) work crew Monday, October 19th, is back in custody and officials say they have a good idea where to find the other according to a Facebook post by WCSO this morning.

As of last night, Mr. McCracken is back in custody. Mr. Pickett has been tracked to Sumas Mountain and is believed to be heading up the mountain. Mr. Pickett is not believed to be armed or dangerous.

WCSO Facebook post – October 21, 2020

The 2 suspects, 24-year-old Christopher J McCracken and 25-year-old Jonathan E. Pickett, were reported to have fled the work crew vehicle in the area of Northwest Drive and W Smith Road. The subsequent multi-agency search focused on an area further north around Deer Creek.

Both were assigned to a minimum-security WCSO in-custody work crew while serving their court-ordered custody terms. Pickett had been found guilty of violating a no contact order and McCracken was found guilty of burglary and possession of a controlled substance.

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UPDATE:

WCSO again used a Facebook post to announce the second suspect, Pickett, was in custody.

Around 11am this morning, a hiker called 911 and reported seeing a suspect in the area of the 7400 block of Goodwin Road. Mutual aid was requested from the Everson Police Department. Mr. Pickett was located by EPD walking on Goodwin Rd and was in custody by 11:25am.

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WCSO Facebook post – October 21, 2020

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