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Inmates still missing after DeKalb County jail escape; 3 women charged

DEKALB COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) - Authorities are searching for two of three inmates who escaped from the DeKalb County jail.

The DeKalb County sheriff said Jack Mullican Jr., 38, Bryon Gibbs, 32, and Daniel Hamilton, 26, escaped out of the jail annex.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said the inmates are believed to have gotten out the back of the jail through a door they pried open.

Mullican was taken into custody late Wednesday morning after someone called dispatch after they heard someone yelling for help in an underground water drain. The man reportedly identified himself as Mullican, one of the escapees from the jail.

A backhoe was used to remove Mullican from the drain and he was taken into custody around 9:50 a.m. He told officers that he split off from the other two escapees in the drain and decided he was ready to give up. He is now charged with escape.

Mullican was initially incarcerated for a violation of probation and charges of aggravated burglary, theft of property, vandalism and a child support violation.

Authorities say Gibbs and Hamilton remain at large.

Gibbs was in jail on charges of aggravated burglary, evading arrest, failure to appear, vandalism, and theft of property. He is 5 feet 10 inches tall and 149 pounds. He has multiple tattoos all the way up to his neck and a sleeve tattoo on both arms.

Hamilton was reportedly serving a 60-day sentence after which he was to begin serving a sentence of 11 months and 29 days for failure to appear and violation of probation. He is 5 feet 10 inches tall, 137 pounds with short brown hair and hazel eyes. Hamilton also has multiple tattoos including a "money sign" tattoo on his right arm.

 

Anyone with information is asked to call the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office at 615-597-4935.

Amid the investigation, detectives arrested three women on charges of permitting or facilitating an escape.

Officials say Margaret Taylor, 40, is accused of picking up and transporting Gibbs and Hamilton in Smithville, knowing they had escaped from the DeKalb County jail. She's accused of taking them to several different places in the county, eventually leaving them at a home. Taylor's bond was set at $5,000.

Jessica Jenkins, 29, is accused of speaking with the inmates by phone before their escape. Gibbs and Hamilton reportedly went straight to her house after they broke out to use her phone to contact someone else to transport them further. Her bond was set at $10,000.

Miranda Johnson, 40, is also accused of picking up and transporting both men knowing they had escaped. Her bond was set at $10,000.

The sheriff's office says although charged with the same thing, these three women, Taylor, Johnson, and Jenkins, are charged individually with separate contacts with both escapees.

Sheriff Ray added that investigations are continuing and more arrests are forthcoming.


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