On March 17, 2022 John Clink (33) was arrested in Alachua County on an escape warrant. The warrant was signed after Clink failed to return from a court-ordered furlough yesterday afternoon.
Yesterday afternoon, Clink was supposed to voluntarily return to the Columbia County Detention Facility after a judge granted a furlough. When Clink did not return at the designated time, an investigation began by CCSO detectives into Clink’s whereabouts. Of special concern was Clink’s status as a registered sex offender with history of violent felonies.
Detectives searched several possible locations based on information learned during the investigation. Those searches utilized K9 teams from the Florida Department of Corrections. On today’s date, investigation revealed a possible location within the city of Alachua. Assistance was requested from the Alachua Police Department and the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office. As our detectives responded to the location, it was learned that Clink was in fact located and was taken into custody.
In a statement, Sheriff Mark Hunter said, “Our commitment to public safety is our highest priority. Our detectives worked tirelessly to apprehend this fugitive. We appreciate the other agencies who assisted and will continue to use every resource available to keep our community safe.”
Clink was arrested and booked into the Alachua County Jail on the Columbia County warrant.