Inmate recaptured in Orange City 8 hours after walking out of Volusia jail; had a 5-hour lead before anyone realized he was gone

Photos for Headline Surfer / Michael Redding, 41, (DOB 11/10/1977), walked out of the jail early Friday, but was not on the loose for very long. The Volusia County Sheriff's Office did not provide the arrest report on Redding as requested multiple times by Headline Surfer. See Editor's Note below.

By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

ORANGE CITY, Fla. -- Volusia County sheriff’s deputies tracked down a male prisoner several hours after he walked out of the Volusia County Branch Jail early Friday and returned him to custody without incident.

Michael Redding, 41, (DOB 11/10/1977), walked out of the jail at 7:01 a.m. during a time when some inmates were being released and others were being extradited out of Volusia County.

Redding was due to be transported Friday to Seminole County. Instead, he managed to avoid being noticed, concealed his inmate bracelet on his right wrist under a visor and walked out of the jail, located at 1300 Red John Drive, Daytona Beach.

Redding walked out in an unknown direction and had more than a five-hour lead before jail personnel even discovered he was missing. And then it took another three-plus hours after that to apprehend him. The escape was discovered at 12:11 p.m. and reported to the Communications Center. 

Detectives and the VCSO helicopter Air One searched in Orange City and located Redding at the intersection of West Landsdowne Avenue and North Sparkman avenues just after 3 p.m.

Inmate captured after escape from Volusia Jail / Headline Surfer InfographicMichael Redding, 41, (DOB 11/10/1977), walked out of the jail at 7:01 a.m. during a time when some inmates were being released and others were being extradited out of Volusia County. He was due to be transported Friday to Seminole County. 

Instead, he managed to avoid being noticed, concealed his inmate bracelet on his right wrist under a visor and walked out of the jail, located at 1300 Red John Drive, Daytona Beach.

Redding left in an unknown direction and had more than a five-hour lead before jail personnel discovered he was even missing. The escape was discovered at 12:11 p.m. and reported to the Communications Center. 

Detectives and the VCSO helicopter Air One searched in Orange City and located Redding at the intersection of West Landsdowne Avenue and North Sparkman avenues just after 3 p.m.​

Redding was being charged with escape and additional narcotics charges and remains held on $12,000. 

Redding had been at the Branch Jail since Monday when he was arrested after fleeing a traffic stop in Deltona. 

During that traffic stop, Redding, a passenger, ran from the vehicle, despite detectives’ orders to stop.

Redding was apprehended and arrested a few minutes later on charges of resisting without violence and possession of drug paraphernalia, along with two warrants for petty theft and failure to pay child support. 

EDITOR'S NOTE: A request today for the arrest report from the Volusia County Sheriff's Office via email to Sheriff Mike Chitwood's PIO staffers has gone unanswered. The request was sent at 1:06 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, to Andrew Gant and Laura Williams, but there was no response. A second email was sent and copied this time to Chitwood just after 7 p.m. and went unanswered as well.

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