"He's not getting peanut butter": Dramatic moment final prisoner captured after 12 inmates escaped in ingenious sandwich spread plot
Brady Kilpatrick, 24, was the last remaining escapee after his 11 pals were recaptured on Monday following the weekend dash for freedom.
Kilpatrick, from Cordova, Alabama, was recaptured at a property near his home in Martin County at about 7pm Tuesday night, police said.
He had been serving time behind bars on charges of possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Three other people accused of aiding and abetting his escape also were arrested at the house, including his sister and her fiance, who authorities said picked Kilpatrick up by car in Alabama and drove him more than 700 miles (1,126 km) south into Florida.
A team of officers from the Martin County and Palm Beach County sheriff’s departments, joined by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents, zeroed in on Kilpatrick’s hideout on the basis of an anonymous tip, Sheriff William Snyder told reporters.
Snyder said Kilpatrick later told investigators he believed he was facing 20 years in prison on charges of methamphetamine possession and other offences.
Synder said he expected Kilpatrick would soon be returned to Alabama, and expressed confidence that sheriff’s deputies in Martin County could keep him securely locked up until then.
“I can tell you this, he’s not getting peanut butter,” the sheriff said with a wry smile.
The mass prison break happened at Walker County Jail in Alabama on Sunday.
Sheriff James Underwood earlier confirmed 12 men aged 18 to 30-years-old managed to escape.
He said peanut butter from their prison sandwiches was smeared over the numbers on doors within the jail.
The group then persuaded a rookie guard to open an external door from his control room.
He was communicating with them via camera and mistakenly believed he was opening a door to their cell rooms.
Sheriff Underwood said: “‘Changing numbers on doors with peanut butter – it may sound crazy, but these kinds of people are crazy like a fox.”
“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 prisoners had managed to run to the perimeter and scale a fence within minutes.
Eleven of the 12 were found in a matter of hours after local police launched a large-scale operation.
Nearby residents were warned to stay in their homes and report anything suspicious.
Those on the run had been jailed for serious charges such as attempted murder.
“Escapes happen,” Sheriff Underwood said.
“We’ve got some evil people down here, and they scheme all the time to con us and our employees at the jail.
“You’ve got to stay on your toes.
“This is one time we slipped up. I’m not going to make any excuses.”