$5K reward to catch bank robber who escaped from jail

$5K reward to catch bank robber who escaped from jail
Jackson County Sheriff Mike Winters held a news conference, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012 after Bradley Monical, who was scheduled for court, escaped from the Jackson County Jail Monday night. (AP Photo/Mail Tribune, Bob Pennell)

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — The Jackson County Sheriff's Department is offering a $5,000 reward to help find a bank robber who escaped from jail last week.

Authorities are searching for 42-year-old Bradley William Monical, who was awaiting trial in March for a 2010 bank robbery in Ashland. Investigators say he stood on another inmate's shoulders, removed a piece of metal mesh from the roof covering, and jumped into the nearby tree.

The Mail-Tribune says deputies and search and rescue volunteers have been on the hunt for Monical every day since his brazen escape Nov. 19.

The tree Monical jumped into has been cut down, along with several others nearby. The roof cover, atop a recreation area, is being replaced with a stronger material.

Information from: Mail Tribune

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