Escaped Etowah County inmate found in dumpster


GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — An escapee from the Etowah County Jail was a free man for 13 minutes Tuesday before he was found hiding in a dumpster near the jail.

Sheriff Todd Entrekin said that 20-year old inmate Antonius Dean Blount of Gadsden left out of the jail's north gate at 1:52 p.m. He was headed back to jail at 2:05 p.m. when Detention Deputy Dale Hyatt found Blount hiding inside a dumpster behind a local pharmacy.

Entrekin said a mistake was made by the jail's staff that allowed Blount to get out the gate.

Entrekin said a non-lethal weapon was used to restrain Blount when he was taken into custody.

Blount is being held on $51,000 bond for first degree robbery and second degree unlawful possession of marijuana. Additional charges are pending.

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