Authorities: Tennessee inmates overpower officer to escape
Published 9:19 am Monday, August 31, 2020
MEMPHIS (AP) — Authorities in Tennessee are searching for two inmates who were able to overpower a correctional officer and jump over a 16-foot (5-meter) razor-wire fence to escape a county jail.
Michael Deshon Bolden and Antoine Lakeith Thomas left Dyer County Jail just after midnight on Sunday, the sheriff’s office said in a statement.
The two, along with a third inmate, Jashawn Branch, confronted a correctional officer during an inmate count before escaping from their cell and exiting the building into a fenced yard, officials said.
The officer was treated for injuries and released.
Branch was spotted shortly after trying to enter a home and was taken into custody. He was treated for serious cuts, according to the sheriff’s office.
The escapees have a history of assault and robbery charges. Evidence left behind at the scene suggests they were cut by the fence and may also be bleeding, the agency said.