Smooth Getaway: 12 Escaped Inmates Fool Prison Guard with Peanut Butter

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A dozen inmates in an Alabama correctional facility managed to escape thanks to a gullible new guard and… peanut butter. The newly hired guard had been watching them on closed circuit TV when the inmates pulled off a once-in-a-lifetime escape.

On Sunday at 6:20pm, the inmates smeared the peanut butter on numbers that identified an outside door, which, in turn, led the guard to open the wrong door while he was attempting to let them back into their cells. As a result, the inmates made their escape through the open door which leads to the outside of the jail.

“Changing numbers on doors with peanut butter – It may sound crazy, but these kinds of people are crazy like a fox,” James Underwood, The Walker County Sheriff told a news conference, according to ABC News.

After escaping and ditching their orange uniforms, the inmates used towels to hop a razor wire fence and escaped from the jail. Underwood said that he estimates that it took about 10 minutes for the inmates to hop the fence.

All of the 12 escapees, except one, Bradley Andrew Kilpatrick, 24, who was initially jailed for marijuana possession and paraphernalia, were successfully recaptured by guards. Underwood said that the department is  “working on some leads” to catch Kilpatrick, but could not elaborate, as it would jeopardize the investigation, Reuters reported.

Larry Inman Jr, 29, and Ethan Howard Pearl, 24, were both brought into custody by Birmingham Police and the Walker County Sheriff’s Department at a gas station a little more than ten minutes apart, Fox News reported.

Steven Blake Lamb, 28, Michael Adam McGuff, 30, Johnnie Richard Hunter, 26, Christopher Cole Spain, 18, Kristopher Keith Secrest, 20, Quadrekas Latoddrick Key, 21, Timothy Chaz Cooper, 28 and Steven Sanford Hartley, 27, were all recaptured as well. Lamb and McGuff are in jail for charges which include attempted murder.

At 4:21am, Christopher Smith, 19, was captured and taken back into custody. He is the latest to be caught, according to a Facebook post by the Walker County Sheriff’s Office.

“They took advantage of a young fellow that hadn’t been here very long,” Underwood said, referring to the new guard who accidentally let the escapees free. The sheriff added that the guard was also tasked with monitoring 150 inmates at a time.

“You have to stay on your toes. This is one time we slipped up. I’m not going to make any excuses,” Underwood said, ABC News reported.

The inmates “scheme all the time to con us and our employees at the jail.” He says the inmates “went off in every direction,” but everyone except Kilpatrick was captured with in eight hours.

The inmates had apparently saved peanut butter from the food that is regularly served at the jail. “They love peanut butter sandwiches,” Underwood said,  according to ABC News.

The sheriff said he hopes the last prisoner will be back in custody by morning.

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  • frankw

    So, a dangerous marijuana smoker is still at large. Wonder if they have a shoot on sight order out for him?

    • Ratcraft

      He can smoke all the dope he wants. It’s beating up his grandmother and stealing her money to buy it he’s in jail for.

      • David E

        Here you are again making things up about people and do not understand the evil you do with false witness!

        I praise God you are not my neighbor. What other lies do you tell? How would you like it if people started making up lies about you?

        • Ratcraft

          You are right. He’s in prison for being an angel who’s only crime was feeding to poor.

      • SP_88

        No, it’s not. He’s in jail for a victimless offense that shouldn’t even be illegal. It should be illegal to waste time and money arresting these people and keeping them in jail.
        The government doesn’t even have the authority to regulate what we put into our bodies. Marijuana laws are unConstitutional.
        They only exist because of the money from drug companies, prison unions, etc.

        • Ratcraft

          You don’t go to prison for merely being stoned. Sorry.

          • SP_88

            He was in jail for possession of marijuana. Not being stoned. And yes, you can go to jail for possession of marijuana. It even says so in the article, that he was in jail for possession.

  • landy fincannon

    They just added more years to their sentence. The food must not be all that bad