Florida felon arrested after deputies find him hiding inside clothes dryer

Published 3:31 pm Friday, May 17, 2024

Working from a tip, Florida deputies issued a search warrant on a house only to find their suspect hiding in the most unlikely of locations.

Deputies from Escambia County, Florida, said a tip led them to a residence on Edgewater Drive as they searched for David Jerome Jackson, 31.

Jackson was wanted for allegedly shooting into a dwelling, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, damaging property and possessing a firearm while being a convicted felon.

As deputies searched the house on Friday morning, deputies initially couldn’t find Jackson, they said, until they walked into the house’s laundry room.

There, they finally discovered Jackson, “folded, not so neatly inside a remarkably small dryer drum,” deputies said in a written news release.

It was a scene too unusual for the sheriff’s office not to find a bit of humor in, writing, “The look on his face, a combination of guilt, embarrassment, and warm hosiery.”

Deputies said they carefully pulled Jackson from the dryer.

“Outside the dryer, deputies removed three dryer sheets, two mismatched socks, and a crumpled-up tissue from his surprisingly wrinkled Star Wars shirt,” deputies wrote in the news release.

“As always the case, all suspects are presumed innocent and free of static cling,” deputies said.