1 Inmate Sought After Toilet Escape

6 prisoners broke out on Christmas Day
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 27, 2016 1:29 AM CST
   (Cocke County Sheriff's Office)

(Newser) – Six Tennessee inmates who decided they didn't want to spend Christmas in jail broke out early Sunday by pulling a leaky toilet from a wall. Police say five of the inmates who escaped from the Cocke County Jail Annex in Newport were recaptured, but one, 54-year-old David Wayne Frazier, is still on the run and is considered to be dangerous, ABC News reports. He was being held on charges of aggravated robbery and being a felon in unlawful possession of a weapon. Police say one escaped inmate was caught at a home, another was captured after a foot chase, another was arrested after a patrolman spotted him in a vehicle, a fourth was arrested by an undercover narcotics officer, and the father of a fifth persuaded him to turn himself in Monday night, reports CBS News. Several people found with the escapees were also arrested.

The sheriff's department says that to make their escape at around 1:30am Christmas morning, the men simply pulled the toilet out of the wall and "gained access to a hole which led outside of the facility," the Knoxville News Sentinel reports. A water leak had rusted the bolts connecting the unit to the wall and damaged the concrete behind it. Another 17 men stayed behind in the dormitory-style cell. Sheriff Armando Fontes says that after getting through the hole, the men only had to kick down a tin door and climb a fence to escape. "We've had multiple issues with this facility concerning water breaks, sewage breaks, deterioration of the facility," he tells WBIR. "It's a never-ending task to try to keep this place and this facility operational." (Read more prison break stories.)

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