One inmate still at large after 12 escape from Alabama jail

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JASPER, Ala. — One inmate remains at large after a jailbreak Sunday night in northern Alabama, the Walker County Sheriff’s Office said.

Twelve prisoners went on the run from the Walker County Jail in Jasper, the office said, but 11 have since been captured. It’s not clear how the inmates were able to escape.

Still at large is Brady Andrew Kilpatrick, 24, who was jailed for alleged drug offenses.

Two escapees had been jailed on attempted murder allegations. Police offered a $500 reward for information leading to an arrest of the escapees.

Off-duty personnel have been enlisted in the manhunt and the Jasper Police Department is also helping to search for the inmates, the sheriff’s office said.

Jasper is about 35 miles northwest of Birmingham.

Jasper police asked downtown residents to stay indoors and turn on all outdoor lighting.

Other recent jailbreaks have seen inmates take advantage of prison infrastructure.

In June, four inmates climbed out of an air conditioning vent at Oklahoma’s Lincoln County Jail. It was the second time escaping using the same method for three of them.

In 2016, six inmates escaped from the Cocke County Jail Annex in Newport, Tennessee, on Christmas morning after ripping a leaking toilet out of the prison wall. All were recaptured.