November 28, 2008
Jonathan Good - Murder Convict Charged With Kidnapping And Attempted Murder Escapes Jail In His Underwear
Jonathan Good, who escaped the Mecosta County Jail earlier this week, has been captured. Authorities say Good was apprehended at around 12:00 p.m. on Sunday in Romulus, where he reportedly has a relative. Authorities arrested Good after he was pulled over in a stolen car. Authorities say Good contacted his relative in Romulus, but did not indicate whether the relative was the one who alerted them to Good's location. The relative has not been implicated in Good's escape.
Big Rapids, Michigan (The Weekly Vice) - Jonathan J. Good, a 36-year-old murderer who was released and then re-arrested on kidnapping and attempted murder charges - escapes jail in his boxers.
Jonathan Good is on the "loose" literally and figuratively, after escaping from the Mecosta County Jail Wednesday night.
According to Michigan state records, Jonathan was released from prison after serving sentences for second-degree murder and armed robbery that he committed in 1988. Good was re-arrested in March after he and a group of teenagers allegedly burglarized at least 10 businesses in Barry, Iona, Montcalm, Mecosta, Eaton and Clinton counties.
Police also say Good and several teens took a husband and wife hostage, tying them up and then robbing them while shooting up their home. Authorities say members of the gang returned a few days later and shot the woman in an attempt to keep her from identifying them as robbery suspects. The woman survived the shooting.
Good was captured three days later on over 30 charges including attempted murder and robbery. Several months after his capture, authorities say Good crawled out onto the roof of the jail and fled into the night in his boxers, a t-shirt and a pair of rubber slippers. A corrections officer gave chase, but was unable to catch him.
Anticipating the frosty Michigan weather, authorities have searched known vacant homes and buildings in the Big Rapids area, but have been unsuccessful in locating him.
The Weekly Vice Opinion:
It's amazing to know you can murder someone in Michigan and be out again picking up where you left off, by the age of 36. And for heaven's sake - how secure could this jail be, if a guy in his boxers can just simply jump off of the roof and run away? With the kind of tax dollars required to build such a facility, I'd say someone goofed horribly.
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Posted by Danny Vice at 6:18:00 PM