Love Co. escapee, jailer captured in Montague Co.

By: KXII-TV Staff Email
By: KXII-TV Staff Email

MONTAGUE COUNTY, Tex. -- Bradley Taylor, the man who escaped the Love County Jail on Monday, and the jailer who helped him escape were caught in Bowie, Texas, on Tuesday morning.

Love County authorities say they received a tip Tuesday morning that Taylor and his accomplice, Tina Marie Smith, were at a grocery store in St. Jo, Texas.

Love County officials contacted the Montague County Sheriff's Office, and deputies found them in front of a senior center in Bowie, Texas.

Authorities say Smith is wanted on felony charges of assisting a prisoner to escape. Authorities believe the two met while he was in jail, where he was a trustee. Taylor only had 16 days left to serve in Love County. He is also wanted elsewhere.

Love Co. Sheriff Joe Russell says, "He had warrants out of Texas we were not aware of. [They] put warrants on him since he has been here. We found that out this [Monday] morning."

Authorities are trying to figure out why one of their own would help a prisoner escape.

"I really don’t know. I hadn’t had a chance to talk to her or see her much. We just brought them in so we'll do some interviewing and then go from there," Love County Under Sheriff Jason Bone said.

Smith worked for Love County on more than one occasion, most recently as a jailer, where authorities say she had worked for at least two months.

Investigators believe Smith met Taylor while we worked at the jail. She faces felony charges of assisting a prisoner to escape. Her bond has been set at $100,000.

Taylor’s bond has been denied, and further charges are pending.


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  • by S3Xi Location: leon on Dec 28, 2008 at 03:27 PM
    u know what nunya from texas mexico where ever!! u need to shut you fat mouth, u dont talk about me like that , do u understand me!!! quit talking about my aunt and me!!! she might have helped a convict but that was her choice and that is her buisness so stay out of it and for tha rec. my comments arent stupid urs are so shut up and btw i aint a idiot u are so keep ur dumb comments to urself!!!
  • by no name on Mar 20, 2008 at 02:49 PM
    So sad to see such bickering going on among supposed to be grown adults hope no one tries to run your business over the internet ha ha ha duuhhhhhhhhhhhh
  • by Sheritha Bone Location: Love County on Mar 20, 2008 at 01:16 PM
    Posted by J location Thackerville.....so is that a threat? I believe that what I do on my personal time is my business, kind of like what you do on yours! So, Julie do you really want to do it this way? Was my step dad as in he and my mother have been divorced for 27 years. Let me assure you that my kids come first. I see that you still want to hide behind a fake name....Leave my kids out of this! You know where I am if you think you really want to discuss this. Stick to the story.........about Tina and Brad
  • by dont understand Location: thackerville on Mar 19, 2008 at 12:28 PM
    I'm not understanding why personal lives are being brought into the discussion of escapees!!!! The way I view it, all those who have personal comments to make, must live in glass houses and have no kids who might hear of these comments! My comment is GROW UP! Get back to the subject- of Tina and Brad and the stupid mistake that THEY made!!!!!!
  • by PASSERBY Location: MARIETTA on Mar 19, 2008 at 11:18 AM
    I AM A MARIETTA CITIZEN WHO IS RETIRED, I DRIVE BY THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE QUITE A BIT, MUST BE A PRETTY GOOD JOB, THE SHERIFF, EMPLOYEES AND "DAY-CARE" KIDS ARE ALWAYS OUT ON THE PORCH. THE SHERIFF IS ALWAYS SITTING IN HIS SAME SPOT DUHHHH!
  • by Concerned Citizen Location: Marietta on Mar 19, 2008 at 09:32 AM
    For Anonymous the unpaid officers you are talking about are reserve officers and they choose to be unpaid. It is up to the Official in each dept. to use their money at their discretion. Maybe you need to go to the County Clerk's office and check the public records and see just what the SO budget is. I wish I could drive one of the worn out deputy cars they are probably better than what you can afford. If you will read the minutes in the local paper you will realize who is actually buying the cars for the SO, it happens to be our county board you were talking about. About the pay and the benefits for the SO they knew what it was when they hired on. I think we need to stick to the business at hand there is no one to blame but Tina and Brad and the poor decisions they made. It has nothing to do with what she gets paid or how much money the jail has or how they choose to spend it. If you want the job sign up for the Sheriff's position is the first week in June 2008.
  • by the "ex wife" on Mar 19, 2008 at 06:56 AM
    I am the "ex wife". We are all past this people, we have moved on. Let's get back to Brad and Tina and leave me out of this.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 18, 2008 at 07:02 PM
    I guess that is why it is called "Love" "County"!!! I want a job too!!!
  • by J Location: Love County on Mar 18, 2008 at 06:52 PM
    Was her step dad? What happened? Did he drop her? Or was it when his undersheriff went to dating her while he was still married? But Joe said it was ok! I guess that Tina isn't the only one that worked for the county that doesn't think about the kids!! But I guess Joe says it's ok? I guess if they see their boss doing it it makes it ok?!? The bad thing is that the undersheriff's now ex-wife worked there at the time and had no idea what was going on. But I guess Joe said it was ok. Now there was another dispatcher and deputy fall in love there but they got married and moved away (after his divorce). I guess I will go apply at the SO for a job so I can find my true love!! If Joe says it is ok!
  • by Anonymous Location: Love county on Mar 18, 2008 at 06:42 PM
    "Do you people realize that the Sheriff makes only $2342.81 a month and that jailers only make $7.87 per hour with no insurance or benefits?"... but he gets paid mileage on his truck that he uses for anything. Even to be out at Ten Buck 2!!! People listen to your scanner. If he doesn't get paid that much how can someone afford such nice vehicles? Why does his deputies have to drive worn out vehicles? It is due to our county board. They won't give a dime. Kinda like 911 addressing, they don't want to "mess with it". Did you know that the SO force is mainly made up of unpaid officers? Election time is coming..... Go to the polls people!!! Lets bring this county up people. See you at the polls!
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