Prisoners Quickly Captured After Jail Escape

May 14, 2019
By: Dwayne Page

Two prisoners are back in custody after escaping from the recreation yard behind the DeKalb County Jail this afternoon (Tuesday).

According to Sheriff Patrick Ray, 23 year old Thomas Nix and 28 year old Anthony Williams broke out at 5:10 p.m. when the inmates in the annex were being taken outside for their recreation time. One of the correctional officers witnessed Nix scale the security fence behind the jail and make his getaway. As the officers were trying to get all the inmates back into the jail, Williams ran toward the fence and climbed over making his escape. Both inmates were wearing orange and white striped clothing.

Eleven minutes later officers spotted Nix and Williams behind a house near the College Street Bridge and placed them in custody. Both had shed their stripes and were wearing white T-shirts and orange shorts. They had also suffered cuts as they climbed out from the 2 strains of razor wire that covers the pen. Their orange striped clothing was found in various places behind the jail.

Both Nix and Williams will be charged with escape.

Sheriff Ray wants to thank the Smithville Police Department, Constables, and the public for their help.