2 DeKalb County Escapees Caught, 1 More At Large

Additional Arrests Made For Facilitating Escape

SMITHVILLE, Tenn. - Update: A third and final inmate has been captured one week after he and two others escaped from the DeKalb County Jail. Read more here

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Two of three inmates who escaped from the DeKalb County Jail have been taken into custody. One other remained at large. 

Officials said 38-year-old Jack Mullican, Jr., 32-year-old Bryon Ray Gibbs, and 26-year-old Daniel Trey Hamilton broke out of the jail annex sometimes overnight Tuesday into Wednesday. 

Sheriff Patrick Ray confirmed Mullican was taken into custody Wednesday morning. Reports stated someone having car trouble heard a voice calling from an underground water drain. The man in the drain stated he was one of the escapees from the jail.

Officials had to use a backhoe to remove a drain grid, which was when they got Mullican out of the drain and took him into custody.

He told authorities he split off from the other two escapees in the drain and wanted to give up and turn himself in.

“We are still investigating but it appears they escaped from the back of the jail annex through a door we believed they jimmied open,” said Sheriff Ray.

Mullican had been jailed for a violation of probation and charges of aggravated burglary, theft of property, vandalism and a child support attachment.

On Saturday, officials confirmed Gibbs was taken into custody that evening by the Alexandria Police Department.

Gibbs was originally arrested on charges of aggravated burglary, evading arrest, failure to appear, vandalism, and theft of property. Sheriff Ray said Gibbs was charged on September 9 and posted bond. He was arrested again on October 27 for aggravated assault and vandalism and made bond on those charges. During a court appearance on November 9, a judge revoked his bond.

Hamilton remained at large.

Officials said Hamilton had been serving a 60-day sentence after which he is to begin serving a sentence of 11 months and 29 days for failure to appear and violation of probation. Hamilton also has charges against him in Polk County.

Hamilton was said to be 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighs 137 pounds. He also has multiple tattoos including a “money sign” tattoo on his right arm.

On Wednesday evening, authorities confirmed they had also arrested 40-year-old Margaret Ann Taylor for permitting or facilitating an escape.

According to reports, Taylor picked up Gibbs and Hamilton in Smithville knowing they had escaped. She allegedly took them to several different locations in DeKalb County before leaving them at a home there.

Taylor was being held on a $5,000 bond. She has been set to appear in court on December 7.

Also arrested for permitting or facilitating an escape were 40-year-old Miranda Nicole Johnson and 29-year-old Jessica Anne Jenkins.

Authorities said Johnson picked up and transported Gibbs and Hamilton in DeKalb County knowing they had escaped. Her bond was set at $10,000, and she has been set to be in court on December 7.

Jenkins allegedly spoke with the inmates at the jail by phone. After their escape, she went to their location in DeKalb County and allowed them to use her phone to contact someone for transportation. Her bond was set at $10,000 with a court date planned for December 7.

Saturday afternoon, authorities said a fourth woman, identified as 28-year-old Alesha Rushell Scott, of Alexandria, had been arrested on Friday, also charged with permitting or facilitating an escape. She was being held on a $20,000 bond with a court date set for December 7.

Authorities said all four of these women had separate contacts with the inmates and were charged individually. Scott was only charged in Gibbs' escape.

Anyone with information should call the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office at 615-597-4935, Central Dispatch at 615-215-3000, or the crime tip line at 615-464-6400 if you wish to remain anonymous. You can also reach out via Facebook. 

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