Walker Co. Sheriff explains how 12 inmates were able to escape

Updated: Jul. 31, 2017 at 3:49 PM CDT
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WALKER COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - One person is still on the run Monday after a massive jail break in Walker County. Twelve inmates escaped Sunday night, and the Walker County Sheriff shed more light Monday as to how these individuals were able to escape the jail.

At a press conference on Monday, Sheriff Jim Underwood said it all comes down to two things: A mistake by a jail employee and peanut butter. Yes, peanut butter.

"I'm not going to make any excuses it was a human error," Underwood said.

Sheriff Underwood says those 12 inmates were able to escape the facility after they tricked a guard into opening a door. "They had changed the number over the door with peanut butter. They hollered hey, open door so and so, but that door number was actually the outside the door."

The 12 were then able to walk out of the building and climb over a barbed wire fence before leaving the property.

After nearly 24 hours, eleven of the twelve are back in jail. The one inmate who remains at large is 24-year-old Brady Andrew Kilpatrick. He is facing drug charges.

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