Here's What We Know About Rutherford County Escapees

Posted at 3:26 PM, Oct 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-10 19:59:09-04

A manhunt continues after two inmates overpowered an officer and escaped from the Rutherford County Adult Detention Facility. Both have been added to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's Top 10 Most Wanted list.

What we know:

1. Escape 

Dewayne Halfacre and Jonathan Baxter assaulted a detention officer around 12:40 a.m. From there, they climbed over a fence and escaped. The Sheriff's office originally thought they may have escaped over the razor wire, but now they've determined a detention officer didn't follow proper procedure and accidentally allowed the escape. They fled with the deputy's radio. Officials said they could be armed with a "homemade weapon." 

2. Stolen Car

A 2005 gray Honda Civic was later stolen from an auto auction just a few blocks from the jail along Old Fort Parkway around 3 a.m. The man allegedly jumped over an electrified fence to get into the lot. The keys were reportedly inside the car, but it apparently did not have much gas. The vehicle was later recovered in Smyrna. 

3. Schools Locked Down

Schools in Rutherford County were placed on "Code Yellow" lockdown as a precaution. Visitors will be restricted from entering school buildings. 

Dewayne Halfacre:

Halfacre is from Lynchburg. His arrest in an aggravated assault case was heavily reported by NewsChannel 5. He was placed on the TBI's Most Wanted list in early 2018. He and another man are accused of carrying two semi-automatic handguns into the Almaville Market and robbing the clerks inside. He ran to Marion County where he was captured five days later. 

Halfacre is considered armed and dangerous and has a large tattoo of wings on the side of his neck.

Jonathan Baxter

Baxter is from Murfreesboro and is awaiting trial on a theft charge and is considered armed and dangerous. He has a tattoo of what looks like an interstate sign reading “Tennessee 615.”