Fi­nal peanut-but­ter es­capee re­cap­tured

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

MI­AMI — The last of 12 in­mates who es­caped an Alabama lockup by tricking a guard with peanut but­ter is back in jail af­ter per­suad­ing his sis­ter to drive him to Florida, a sher­iff said.

Martin County Sher­iff Wil­liam Sny­der an­nounced Tues­day night that in­ves­ti­ga­tors “ze­roed in” on a house on a quiet street in Te­questa, just north of West Palm Beach, where a car with an Alabama li­cense plate was parked out­side.

A short time later, Brady Kil­patrick, 24, was ar­rested, along with his sis­ter, Jensen Davis Le­fan, 18; her boyfriend, Hay­den Thomas May­berry, 24; and May­berry’s child­hood friend, Dakota An­thony, 23.

Kil­patrick es­caped Sun­day from the jail in Walker County, Ala., where in­mates tricked a guard into let­ting them out by us­ing peanut but­ter to al­ter a num­ber over a cell door. Au­thor­i­ties said the in­ex­pe­ri­enced guard, watch­ing 150 in­mates through se­cu­rity cam­eras from a con­trol room, thought he was open­ing the cell at an in­mate’s re­quest, when in fact, the peanut-but­tered num­ber he punched in re­leased a door to the out­side.

A dozen in­mates fled, throw­ing off their or­ange jail uni­forms and run­ning in every di­rec­tion.

“He told us that he never stopped run­ning,” Sny­der said. “He ac­tu­ally ran for two hours and never got pinned down.”

Le­fan, of Cor­dova, Ala., told in­ves­ti­ga­tors that her brother called her shortly af­ter the es­cape, ask­ing for a ride. She and May­berry bor­rowed a car from his room­mate and picked up Kil­patrick a short time later. He hopped in and told her “Go!” ac­cord­ing to an ar­rest af­fi­davit. Five to 10 min­utes later, he told them he’d es­caped from jail, cut­ting his hands when he climbed a 15-foot fence topped with ra­zor wire.

Belinda Ann Wel­don, an Alabama at­tor­ney rep­re­sent­ing Kil­patrick on drug and bur­glary charges that landed him in jail, said she hasn’t talked to him since the jail­break. He and the other pris­on­ers are be­ing charged in Alabama with es­cape, she said.

Jail records don’t list at­tor­neys for any of the ar­restees. Le­fan and May­berry face charges of fa­cil­i­tat­ing es­cape and hin­der­ing ap­pre­hen­sion of a fugi­tive in Alabama, as well as aid­ing and abet­ting a fugi­tive in Florida.

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