On 06/02/2020, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office received information that two escaped convicts, from Lincoln, Nebraska, were possibly hiding in south Franklin County. An investigation on 06/04/2020, resulted in Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Investigators obtaining a Search Warrant for a residence in the Sandy Acres development of Lake Cypress Springs escapees were reported to be staying.
On the morning of 06/05/2020, FCSO Investigators and Deputies, with assistance from the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force, the Texas Rangers, and the Mount Vernon Police Department, executed that warrant. One of the escapees, Brandon Shane Britton, was taken into custody following a short pursuit. The second subject, Ronald Raymond Taylor, was not at the residence and is still at large.
At this time, they think that Taylor has left the area. However, Sheriff Ricky Jones would like the public to remain vigilant. Taylor was last seen approximately five days ago in Franklin County. Taylor is a 53-year-old white male, 6’2″ and 255 lbs, balding with a salt and pepper mustache and goatee. Taylor was wearing red shorts and a white t-shirt and could be driving a two-door, primer gray passenger car with loud exhaust, or he may be hitch-hiking. The public is urged not to make contact with Taylor and to call 9-1-1 immediately if they see him.
Sheriff Jones would like to take this opportunity to thank the U.S. Marshals Service and the Fugitive Recovery team members. That includes officers and deputies from the Bowie County SO, the Texarkana PD, the Marshal PD, and the Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Ranger Division, for their assistance.