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Escapee still at large in Chautauqua County

SINCLAIRVILLE – A prisoner who escaped in handcuffs following an appearance in Charlotte Town Court was still at large just before midnight Tuesday, the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office reports.

Jacob M. Raynor, 34, of Sinclairville, ran away after being arraigned on a felony drug charge and for parole violation, Sheriff Joseph Gerace said.

The sheriff said deputies armed with a warrant arrested Raynor after going to his Reed Street home Tuesday morning to break up an alleged meth lab. Raynor was released from prison six months ago after serving time for burglary.

Surveillance footage shows what Raynor was wearing for his court appearance. (Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office)

Sheriff Gerace told WGRZ-TV, “He got to the patrol car, the deputy opened the door and he just decided to go,”

Raynor escaped through a nearby trailer park. Although he is not considered dangerous, Sinclairville Elementary School and Cassadaga Valley High School were placed on lockout status while classes were in session.

Raynor has a criminal record dating back at least 10 years. He was sentenced to 2 to 6 years in prison in 2014 after his conviction for house burglaries the previous summer in Sinclairville and Jamestown.

In 2007, Raynor was arrested for driving while intoxicated and other charges after State Police spotted him driving 103 mph on Route 430 in the Town of Ellery.

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