IONIA, MI – On Friday December 28th, 2018 at 2:11 p.m., Gabriel Neff, 28-years-old, escaped the Ionia County Jail. Neff fled south from the jail toward the river trail and eventually into the Grand River being pursued by several correctional officers.
Deputies from the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office, Officers from Ionia Public Safety, and Troopers from the Michigan State Police flooded the area and set up a perimeter around Neff. Neff was pursued on foot by officers and eventually gave himself up and was taken into custody without further issues at 2:45 p.m. Neff was transported to Ionia Sparrow Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries relating to his exposure while in the Grand River.
Gabriel Neff was being held at the Ionia County Jail on charges of carjacking, robbery, and aggravated assault for an incident in May of 2018. The Ionia County Sheriff’s Office will be seeking additional charges of escape and resist and obstruct an officer.
The nature of Neff’s escape is currently under investigation. Until the investigation is completed, no further details will be released. Assisting with the capture of the fugitive was Ionia Public Safety, Michigan State Police, Department of Natural Resources, and Ionia County Central Dispatch.