Peanut butter was the key ingredient in Sunday evening's mass escape from an Alabama jail, Sheriff James Underwood says. The sheriff says the 12 men escaped after using peanut butter to cover up a door number, AL.com reports. They then convinced a new guard in the control room to open the door, which led outside. "It may sound crazy, but these kinds of people are crazy like a fox," Underwood says. Because the door number was obscured by peanut butter, "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 inmates, including two men accused of attempted murder, scaled a 12-foot fence topped with razor wire after making their way outside and escaped without serious injury.
Underwood says the inmates took advantage of a "young guy" who hadn't been working at the Walker County Jail for long. "Escapes happen," Underwood says. "This is one time we slipped up. I'm not going to make any excuses." The sheriff says 11 of the 12 inmates have now been recaptured, CNN reports. Six were recaptured within 90 minutes and five more were caught by a manhunt over the next eight hours, including one inmate who'd apparently stolen a car and two who were at a convenience store on Interstate 65. The only inmate still on the loose is Brady Andrew Kilpatrick, 24. He was jailed for drug offenses including possession of marijuana; Underwood says he's not considered dangerous.