Es­capees fool jailer with peanut but­ter

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

JASPER, Ala. — An Alabama sher­iff said a dozen in­mates es­caped from jail by us­ing peanut but­ter to change the num­ber on a door to trick a new em­ployee into open­ing a door lead­ing out­side the jail.

Walker County Sher­iff James Un­der­wood said the in­mates used peanut but­ter from jail sand­wiches to change the num­ber above an in­mate’s cell to the num­ber that iden­ti­fies the out­side door. An in­mate then asked the young, in­ex­pe­ri­enced jailer to open his cell’s door, en­abling the group to flee out­side, where they used blan­kets to climb over a ra­zor-wire fence.

“It may sound crazy, but these kinds of peo­ple are crazy like a fox,” 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.”

The fugi­tives were be­tween 18 and 30, fac­ing charges rang­ing from dis­or­derly con­duct to at­tempted mur­der. All but one of the dozen in­mates were cap­tured within eight hours, and the sher­iff said he hopes and ex­pects the last one to be back in cus­tody by day’s end.

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