TCSO: Escaped Tuscaloosa Co. jail inmate back in custody

Published: Dec. 9, 2022 at 6:57 AM CST
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TUSCALOOSA CO., Ala. (WBRC) - Deputies with the Tuscaloosa Sheriff’s Office spent Friday morning searching for an inmate who escaped the Tuscaloosa Co. Jail early Friday morning.

Officials say around 6:00 a.m. 23-year-old Quinn Martel Rogers, an inmate employee who worked in the kitchen and helped unload supplies, walked away from a loading dock while a delivery was being made.

Once Tuscaloosa County officials noticed Rogers was no longer accounted for, Sheriff Ron Abernathy says they wasted little time launching the search.

“We notified other law enforcement agencies, especially Tuscaloosa Police Department and Northport police,” Abernathy said. The search included the use of drones, a helicopter, canines and police officers from all departments.

“We take this very seriously. We don’t know what’s going on in that inmate’s mind at that particular time in his life and what made him do this,” said Abernathy.

The search concentrated in an area near the train trestle in downtown Northport. A homeowner later called 911 to report that Rogers had broken into their home and hiding under their couch.

At 7:59 a.m. officials confirmed Rogers was back in police custody. Sheriff Abernathy says Tuscaloosa police officers arrested Rogers and took him back to the county jail. Sheriff Abernathy said there will be investigation into how Rogers was able to walk away.

“We will be investigating this and determine what happened,” he said. “There is no doubt something happen. We’ll find out whether someone did something wrong or if this was a mechanical failure.”

Rogers is now facing more charges as well as had his trustee status revoked.

“He will be getting other charges in conjunction with the escape and we’ll work with Northport police since it ended in their jurisdiction,” Abernathy said.

Abernathy said it is unclear what the inmates plans were once he left the Tuscaloosa County Jail.

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