MARIANNA, Fla. — A Cottondale man charged with rape and kidnapping in Chipley and robbery and sexual assault in Dothan escaped custody while being transported Tuesday to a hearing at the Jackson County Courthouse.

Travis Dickson Wilson, 36, was captured an hour later during a search by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and two K-9 teams. He had been last seen headed west with a blanket wrapped around him.

Dothan police believe Wilson is the man who entered the bridal shop on Montgomery Highway around noon April 1, 2019, struck a female employee with his fist, placed a gun to her head and took an undisclosed amount of cash.

Police later said the suspect forced the victim to the back of the store, removed some of her clothing and touched her inappropriately.

When customers entered the store, the suspect left in a small maroon SUV.

Dothan police issued warrants for Wilson for first-degree robbery, first-degree sodomy and first-degree sexual assault.

The Chipley Police Department released a statement saying Wilson is charged with felony battery and sexual battery with a deadly weapon.

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