Marion County jail escapee taken into custody
Marion County inmate Brandy Majors was arrested by deputies Sunday afternoon and transferred to the Hendricks County jail. Jailers said she had escaped for nearly 35 hours and no one at the Marion County Jail noticed. But Majors told a different story of how she left lockup Friday, claiming she was released.
The thirty-two-year old Majors was initially arrested Thursday night in Indianapolis on an auto theft warrant in Hendricks County. Less than 12 hours after being booked in the Marion County Jail, Majors escaped, according to jailers.
Sheriff's deputies say they know how Majors escaped the jail. They wouldn't tell Eyewitness News how it happened.
But Majors said how it happened, in an interview with Eyewitness News - after she was back in jail. "They told me to walk out and leave," she said Sunday afternoon during an interview in the Hendricks County jail. "I was free to go. I walked out with the other females!"
Major Michael Hubbs with the Marion County Sheriff 's Department said someone messed up Friday morning when Brandy Majors was able to take off.
But Majors says that while she was waiting in the booking area, a Sheriff's deputy released her.
The Major says there's only one door that allows inmates in and out of that area in the jail: "We were able to track Ms. Majors internally," said Hubbs.
"There's video cameras all inside that jail," Majors said. "They know this." Majors said jailers don't want to admit that they made a mistake.
"There will be accountability handed down," said Major Hubbs.
Majors was considered a low-risk innate. Her prior charges include theft, receiving stolen property and driving while suspended.
Majors claims she didn't commit the auto theft for which she's jailed in Hendricks County. She claims someone stole her ID out of her truck last year, and that person is the one with the warrant.
Majors claims the stolen identity led to a similar problem in Hancock County. There, she was mistakenly jailed, then released. She said she thought the same thing was happening in Indianapolis. "I'm thinking, you know, well, they sent my fingerprints over there and they're realizing it's not me, so they're letting me go," she said, explaining what she thought had taken place Friday morning when she walked out of the Marion County Jail.
But then Saturday night, Majors saw her police booking photo on the news, calling her an escapee. "It shocked me," she said.
Eyewitness news has learned that jail officials book between 70 to 100 inmates a day. Not all of them stay for the night.
Jail officials admit, Brandy Majors' escape is tied to a larger problem of overcrowding at the jail: "It's no secret. It has been this way for years in the county. The jail is overcrowded. Anytime you have that mass amount of people in a confined space, it is hard to move people around," said Major Hubbs.
Max capacity at the Marion County Jail is 1150, though due to classification and also for safety, preference is to keep it below 1050. Jail officials told Eyewitness News Sunday's inmate number was above that preference number at 1069.
"Our capacity level fluctuates due to segregation issues which involve areas of gender, mental health and high risk. Our goal is to be 100 below capacity on any given date. Due to the age of the facility we have to do our best to with the space provided in separating inmates based on their needs and safety concerns," said Major Michael Hubbs.
Majors feels she's been slandered by claims she escaped, "Like I'm some hardened criminal that's running away, when they released me out of there."