Although he was currently awaiting trial on the “non-violent” offenses of fraudulent use of a credit card, a man who escaped the Pettis County Jail late Thursday night and is still at large as of Monday has a prior record of assault, drug use, theft, burglary and resisting arrest spanning a decade.
Prosecutors charged Brandon E. McGee, 29, of the 24000 block of state Route V, with one count of escape from confinement, a class D felony, on Friday. Bond is not an option.
“You can run but you can’t hide,” said Capt. Dave Keller, of the Pettis County Sheriff’s Office. “We are going to get this guy. It’s just a matter of when we are going to get him and where we have to go to get him. We are going to get him back.”
According to court documents, McGee broke off a shower faceplate in the lower level of K pod just before 10 p.m. Thursday. Once removed, an opening was exposed that led into an exterior storage room. He was able to pass through the small opening into the room and from the room, was able to open the door.
Surveillance footage showed McGee running from the southwest corner of the jail. Authorities found a pair of sandals commonly worn by Pettis County inmates a short distance from the outer door of the exterior storage room.
“We are searching vigorously here in Pettis County,” Keller said. “We are talking to his friends and relatives and the other folks that he deals with. We have feelers out in other counties also. We are actively hunting this guy.”
While he currently faces charges of three counts of fraudulent use of a credit device, McGee was also awaiting trial on two no-bond probation warrants from Benton and Morgan counties. In addition to the two most recent no-bond warrants, McGee has a criminal history stretching back to 2004.
Court records show McGee was convicted of second-degree assault and possession of a controlled substance in July 2013. The charges stem from an incident that happened in August 2012.
According to reports, on Aug. 22, 2012, McGee was riding an ATV through private property in the northeast area of Benton County. When property owners caught McGee, he assaulted them with the ATV and fled on foot. Property owners found $23,000 in cash that McGee was allegedly carrying and alerted authorities.
The next day, the DEA, Mid-Missouri Task Force and sheriff’s deputies served a search warrant at a home in the 700 block of Rush Road in Stover, where McGee was believed to be living. Officers found meth, marijuana, Oxycontin, mushrooms and $1,400 in cash, as well as drug packaging materials.
He was sentenced to five years of probation in those cases in July 2013, but was revoked in January 2014 and a no-bond warrant, the warrant attaching him to the county jail when he escaped, was issued.
In May 2013, he also served 60 days in the Pettis County Jail for resisting arrest. A probation violation was filed against McGee for absconding in August that same year, but was withdrawn due to a communication issue, according to case.net.
These charges all come on the heels of his release from the Missouri Department of Corrections in August 2008. In March 2006, he was sentenced to four years of incarceration for receiving stolen property in Vernon County. When the four-year sentence was handed down in March 2006, McGee was on probation for two counts of second-degree burglary stemming from an incident in 2004 in Greene County.
McGee is described as a slender white male, 5’9” and 130 pounds with brown eyes, sandy brown hair, and a goatee. Anyone seeing or who may have knowledge of the whereabouts of McGee are urged to call 911, the Pettis County Sheriff’s Office at 660-827-0052 or call the Crimestopper Hotline at 827-8477 (TIPS). A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for information leading to his arrest.