HCSO: Fugitive on the run 2 months, man who allegedly helped him both in custody


“The Hall County Sheriff’s Office received a tip last week that jail inmate Jordan Scott Kuhlmann, 27, of Gainesville, who illegally left a work release assignment earlier this summer, was staying at a residence on Sardis Road in the northwestern part of the county.

Just after 2:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, deputies with the HCSO Warrant Service Unit, went to the residence in an attempt to make contact with Kuhlmann. A male resident of the house, later identified as Brandon Andrew Peck, 28, refused to cooperate and released a dog from the house, which began behaving in an aggressive manner toward the deputies. An animal control officer was called to the residence to gain control of the dog while deputies made entry into the residence.

Once inside, deputies found Kuhlman in a bedroom that had been padlocked from the outside. Deputies determined Peck had locked Kuhlman inside the room in an apparent attempt to hide Kuhlman.

As a result, Peck was arrested on a felony charge of hindering apprehension of a criminal. He is also charged with probation violation.

In addition to a probation violation charge, Kuhlmann was charged with escape and removing his electronic monitoring device (ankle monitor) for leaving his work release job on July 8, 2023. All charges are felonies, and he is being held without bond at the Hall County Jail.”

(Picture: Kuhlmann, left; Peck, right)