New insights into the recent escape at Bibb County jail have emerged, raising concerns over security measures and staffing levels during the incident.
In a recent revelation, sources affiliated with the jail have provided details and photographs about the circumstances surrounding the breakout on Monday. Some sources have suggested that a blue Dodge Challenger was involved in supplying the inmates with power tools, which they then reportedly used to chip away at a window, creating a space large enough for escape. The extent of the damage has led some to believe that the escape might have been the culmination of several nights of work.
Various theories regarding how the inmates acquired these tools are currently under investigation. Some reports hint at the usage of a drone to deliver a chisel, while others believe that unknown individuals infiltrated the premises, cutting through two fences and hoisting tools up to the inmates on the second floor.
Given the alleged noise associated with the escape, questions have been raised as to how internal jail personnel didn’t notice the ongoing activity. Sheriff David Davis acknowledged during a press conference that indications suggest someone might have heard some disturbances.
Photographs received from an anonymous source align with images taken by reporters from 13WMAZ, displaying consistent marks on a jail window and nearby fence damage. This damaged fence is in proximity to where, on September 25, a masked individual reportedly used bolt cutters to smuggle contraband into the jail.
Sheriff Davis disclosed that fewer than ten employees were on duty during the escape. Additional details from an inside source describe that, of those present, only three officers were stationed in the cell blocks, with a corporal in master control unable to leave their position. This led to uneven staffing distribution, with one part of the jail reportedly going unsupervised.
The same source noted that, during the shift, an officer supposedly detected sounds reminiscent of chiseling, but with no backup available, the officer was advised to document the noise rather than investigate.
Regarding the required protocols in the jail, it’s mentioned that two deputies are essential for a routine headcount in a cell block. With only three officers on duty, four of the seven cellblocks remained unsupervised throughout the 12-hour shift.
The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office has verified the authenticity of the photos obtained by 13WMAZ, which depict the scene post-escape. Attempts to garner more specific details from Sheriff Davis remain unanswered.
Currently, the four escapees remain at large, with their charges ranging from murder to drug trafficking.
In clarifying the use of anonymous sources, 13WMAZ emphasized its rigorous verification process. In this particular case, provided details and photos were cross-checked with multiple law enforcement sources and direct observation. Sheriff Davis was offered an opportunity to verify the presented information.