Sister of Metro police escapee charged with helping him flee

Jalesa Taylor, James Taylor
Jalesa Taylor (L) and her brother James Taylor (R)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Metro police arrested escapee James Taylor’s sister Monday for facilitating the 29-year-old man’s escape last week from a Madison apartment complex.

Jalesa Taylor admitted to police she was the getaway driver for her brother who is accused of robbing a grocery store last month.

She is charged with facilitating an escape, which is a felony.

Her brother’s escape happened Feb. 5 after he told Metro detectives he had information that could lead to suspects in a homicide case.

Officers checked Taylor out of jail so he could show them a location he said was connected to the case, but managed to run away once they arrived.

Taylor, a known gang member affiliated with the Gangster Disciples, fled in a black SUV driven by a female, now identified as his sister.

Metro police said his escape was not spontaneous, but planned. The circumstances remain under investigation.

James Taylor remains on the loose and was added to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s “Most Wanted” list.

He is both a state and federal fugitive. The United States government issued a warrant against him on Jan. 23 for federal armed robbery and firearm counts in connection to the grocery store cases.

Taylor is 5 feet, 11 inches tall and weighs 200 pounds. He has multiple tattoos on his chest and arms. Authorities said he is a known gang member and is considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone who sees him is urged call the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND. A $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to his arrest.

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