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Escaped Tenn. inmate captured after being added to Most Wanted List

Sheriff Armondao Fontes and Deputy Aaron Loveday captured Ezekiel Thompson after a short chase


CorrectionsOne Staff

A Tennessee inmate on the run was captured Thursday afternoon after being added to the Top 10 Most Wanted List.

Sheriff Armondao Fontes and Deputy Aaron Loveday captured Ezekiel Thompson after a short chase, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported. Authorities had been tipped off that he was seen walking through an alleyway. 

Thompson, 25, had escaped Cocke County Court House Jail after he and another inmate attacked a corrections officer, took his keys and ran. The inmate who helped Thompson is still in custody. 

After the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation added Thompson to its Top 10 Most Wanted List, tips came into the Sheriff's Office. 

Thompson is being charged with felony escape, aggravated assault and reckless endangerment. He had been arrested in August after a vehicle pursuit and charged with evading arrest, reckless endangerment, reckless driving, theft over a thousand dollars, speeding, failure to yield, failure to exercise due care and resisting arrest.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reported that the Cocke County justice system has been an object of scrutiny by regulators. The Tennessee Corrections Institute voted to decertify Cocke County's Jail last month after two years of failed inspections and warnings about lax employee training, short staff, safety violations and inadequate medical care.

Cocke County Sheriff and several jail employees are facing a lawsuit by the mother of an inmate who was found dead in her cell, the Sentinel reported. 

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