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Inmates Who Escaped Jail Using Peanut Butter Caught

| by Sarah Zimmerman

All 12 inmates who escaped an Alabama prison using peanut butter have been recaptured.

On July 30, a dozen inmates were able to walk out of Walker County Jail in Jasper by tricking a rookie guard using peanut butter, according to The New York Times.

The inmates saved the peanut butter from their sandwiches and were able to use it as a type of modeling clay. Using the spread, they altered the number above a door that led to the outside.

The doors are mechanized and guards can open and close them by pressing the corresponding numbers. When one of the inmates demanded to be let inside his cell, the guard was tricked into pressing the code for the door that led to their escape.

"Changing some numbers on the door with peanut butter -- that may sound crazy," said Walker County Sheriff James E. Underwood. "But these people are crazy like a fox."

The escaped inmates were between the ages of 18 to 30 and faced charges including disorderly conduct, domestic violence and attempted murder. 

There were no injuries during the initial escape, except for one inmate who sliced his thumb while climbing the barbed wire fence.

With help from the public, authorities were able to recapture 11 of the 12 inmates after eight hours, according to the Daily Mail. After the escape, the sheriff's office made an announcement telling civilians to remain in their homes with their lights off while the fugitives roamed free.

The final inmate, Brady Kilpatrick, was found at his home in Martin County, Florida, late in the evening on Aug. 1. He was reported to be facing charges of possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

At a news conference, Underwood said the escape was a mistake and blamed it on "human error."

"We've got some evil people down here, and they scheme all the time to con us and our employees at the jail," he said. "You've got to stay on your toes. This is one time we slipped up. I'm not going to make any excuses."

"I said it was human error and [the guard] made a mistake," he continued. "He is a young guy, he hasn't been there that long. This young man was a weak link, and they knew it."

It is unclear if and how the rookie guard will be punished, according to The New York Times.

When asked, Underwood responded: "We’re going to take care of that matter."

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