JASPER, AL — Today during a press conference, police admitted how 12 inmates housed at the Walker County Jail were able to escape because of peanut butter and a rookie jailer who "hasn't been there that long. He's a young guy and made a mistake."
The sticky situation unfolded when the new employee was stationed in a control room overlooking closed-circuit monitors when inmates asked him to open a cell door, which was also the same door number that leads to outside of the jail. Obscured by smeared peanut butter, the young jailer didn't see this similarity when he was looking at the CCTV screen and accidentally pressed the wrong button, freeing the inmates from their cell as well.
12 inmates then raced out the door and into the real world, hopping a 12-foot fence with razor wire.
Some of these inmates had been booked for very serious charges including attempted murder and robbery.
Authorities were quick to arrest most of the escapees; however, police are still looking for Brady Kilpatrick, originally charged with drug offenses.
UPDATE AUGUST 1, 2017: Kilpatrick has been found and was placed back in custody, hopefully this time for good.