Christmas Day Escape at Cocke County Jail Annex, Tennessee

Christmas Day Escape at Cocke County Jail Annex, Tennessee

Cocke County Jail Annex, Newport, Tennessee
December 25, 2016

Six inmates escaped early on Christmas day by removing a toilet from a wall and climbing through the hole. Jail authorities say the toilet was able to be removed easily because of leaking rusty pipes.

“Apparently the bolts holding the unit rusted out and there was prior damage to the concrete due to plumbing repairs,” a sheriff told WVLT. “The inmates vandalized the lavatory removing it from the wall and gained access to a hole which led outside of the facility.”

All of the inmates were recaptured within days.


6th escaped Cocke Co. inmate captured“, WVLT, December 25, 2016.

6 Tennessee inmates escape behind toilet in Christmas Day jailbreak, 4 at large“, AOL, December 26, 2016.

Police search for Tennessee inmate after he escaped with five others during Christmas Day jailbreak“, NY Daily News, December 26, 2016.

Final escapee caught after jailbreak through toilet, hole in wall“, CNN, December 29, 2016.