Jailbreak: Inmates used peanut butter to fool door guard

The Associated Press

JASPER, Ala. — An Alabama sheriff says a dozen inmates escaped from his county jail by covering up the numbers identifying an outside door with peanut butter, and then persuading a new jail employee watching them on closed-circuit television to open it from his control booth.

"Changing numbers on doors with peanut butter — It may sound crazy, but these kinds of people are crazy like a fox." Walker County Sheriff James Underwood told a news conference. "He thought he was opening the cell door for this man to go in his cell, but in fact he opened up the outside door."

"Escapes happen," Underwood said. "We’ve got some evil people down here, and they scheme all the time to con us and our employees at the jail. You’ve got to stay on your toes. This is one time we slipped up. I’m not going to make any excuses."

All but one of the dozen inmates were captured within hours, and the sheriff said he hopes and expects the last one to be back in custody by day’s end. He said the only person seriously hurt in the entire escape incident was an inmate who sliced his thumb climbing over a razor-wire fence.

The fugitives were between 18 and 30, facing charges ranging from disorderly conduct to attempted murder.

A manhunt continued Monday for the last remaining fugitive, Bradley Andrew Kilpatrick, 24, of Cordova, who had been jailed on charges of possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia. That search was getting some airborne help from a state helicopter.

Underwood said the escape happened about 6:20 p.m. Sunday CDT and he estimated inmates had cleared the barbed wire fence in less than 10 minutes

McNeese Sports

Cowgirls sweep SLU

McNeese Sports

Cowboys take Island series

Local News

VIDEO: Fairview Elementary Culture Day

Local News

Meet Your Neighbor: Robert Brevelle to head La. Genealogical and Historical Society

Local News

PHOTOS: Fairview Elementary Culture Day

Local News

House OKs bill to make it easier for companies to cancel home insurance policies

Jim Beam

Jim Beam column:Landry setbacks positive gains

Local News

Geymann’s three carbon capture bills move through committee

life

SW La. nightlife calendar: There’s always something to do

Crime

Sheriff warns of jury duty scam

Crime

5/3: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff announces arrest list

Local News

Fish consumption advisory issued for Vernon Lake

life

SLT to host showings of ‘Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith’

life

Run for the Roses: Derby-themed party with a purpose chock full of festivities

Local News

Donna Barger: Teaching ‘feeds my soul’

Crime

Jurors in Trump hush money trial hear recording of pivotal call on plan to buy affair story

life

Ben Carson in LC for National Day of Prayer

Local News

VIDEO: Ben Carson credits success in life to mother’s prayers

Local News

Ground broken for new city park on Anita Drive

Business

Cassidy calls out Biden Administrations for playing fast, loose with law on offshore energy leasing

Local News

VIDEO: Ben Carson describes time at teaching hospital in Australia

Crime

5/2: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff announces arrest list

McNeese Sports

Cowgirls add two inside players

life

Sara Judson column: What you do for yourself dies with you; what you do for others lives forever