Christmas day deputies at the jail noted damage to an exterior cell window. The inmates in that cell, including 23 year old Tahjz Michael Irving of Riverdale, were removed and an investigation into the damage was begun. The examination discovered the security fence surrounding the cellblock was also damaged.
Investigators determined that a second suspect had cut the fence and assisted Irving in damaging the exterior cell window in an attempt to escape. The window, designed to withstand damage and such attempts to escape, prevented the escape and quick action by Jail deputies prevented further damage.
Investigator Jason Long issued a warrant for Irving for Criminal Attempt to Commit Escape. He is currently held in a security cell pending further judicial action. The
person who cut the security fence and assisted Irving from outside the facility is being
sought on criminal charges and that individual’s identity is being withheld at this time so
as not to hinder that investigation.
Irving was arrested in October 2013 on warrants issued by Georgia Southern
University Police charging him with Burglary, Kidnapping, Simple Battery, and Criminal
Trespass. No bond had been set for Irving at the time of his escape attempt. Anyone
with information on this case is asked to contact Inv Jason Long at 912-764-1747 or