Kilpatrick driven to Florida; feared 20 years in jail

Posted 8/3/17

Daily Mountain Eagle

Martin County, Fla., Sheriff William D. Snyder said Brady Andrew Kilpatrick ran for two hours and was eventually driven to Florida after his escape Sunday from the Walker County Jail in Jasper.

Snyder talked to Florida …

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Kilpatrick driven to Florida; feared 20 years in jail


Daily Mountain Eagle

Martin County, Fla., Sheriff William D. Snyder said Brady Andrew Kilpatrick ran for two hours and was eventually driven to Florida after his escape Sunday from the Walker County Jail in Jasper.

Snyder talked to Florida reporters shortly after the Tuesday night capture of Kilpatrick, 24, of Cordova, the last of the 12 escapees who used peanut butter as tool to escape from the jail Sunday night. According to the Palm Beach Post, Kilpatrick was picked up on the 10000 block of Southeast Hobart Street, just north of the Tequesta, Fla., city limits.

Asked by reporters after the arrest if he was concerned Kilpatrick might escape from the Martin County Jail, Snyder said no escape had ever occurred at that jail.

“I can tell you this: He’s not getting peanut butter,” Snyder said.

Walker County Sheriff Jim Underwood said Kilpatrick was taken into custody at 6:38 p.m. Tuesday at a residence by the Martin County Sheriff’s Office, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, Jupiter Police and the FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force.

The other 11 escapees were captured by daybreak Monday by local authorities, with most of them recaptured in Walker County. Two were picked up in Birmingham.

According to the Walker County Sheriff’s Office, two more people were arrested by Martin County Sheriff’s deputies. Hayden Mayberry, 24, of Jasper, and Jensen Davis Lefan, 18, of Cordova, face charges of facilitating escape and hindering apprehension in Alabama and face additional charges of abetting a fugitive in Florida. Underwood expects more charges in the future.

Kilpatrick was being held at the Walker County Jail on marijuana and drug paraphernalia charges when he and 11 other prisoners fled Sunday night.

Underwood said the prisoners used peanut butter to change the numbers above a cell door, tricking a new, young jail employee to open another door that provided an exit from the building. They then used jail uniforms and blankets to climb over a fence topped with razor wire. The escape attracted national press coverage due to the number of prisoners escaping and the use of peanut butter to aide their escape.

In a post-arrest video of a press conference aired live on the Martin County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, Snyder said at about 5 p.m. Tuesday, his office got a tip from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office that Kilpatrick might be in an area on the south end of the county. A special response team was deployed and set up a large perimeter. After investigating, law enforcement narrowed their scope to one residence.

“Fortunately for us, there was a car there with an Alabama license plate,” Snyder said. “Everything pointed to that house.”

Officers from all the participating departments converged on the area in what he called “an overwhelming force and more-than-adequate resources.” Even a helicopter was deployed.

“After working through the logistics of the case, we were able to surround the house, get our dogs and everybody in place,” Snyder said. “Our SWAT team approached the house, made entry, and we were fortunately able to apprehend the suspect without any significant incident.”

After the arrest, Snyder said Kilpatrick was cooperative and talked with authorities. Other people in the house were also interviewed.

Two people in the area knew Kilpatrick and drove to Alabama, picked him up and drove him to Florida. A sister and her fiance, a friend and a friend of the family were found in the house, he said, although authorities are still determining which two went to Alabama to pick him up.

“His statement to them was, ‘Take me as far south as you can,’” Snyder said, adding that Kilpatrick told authorities Tuesday night he thought he was facing 20 years in jail.

When Kilpatrick got free, he said he never stopped running. “He actually ran for two hours and never got pinned down,” Snyder said. “He was the only one who got out. He just picked the wrong county to come and hide out in.”

Three people inside the house were arrested and more were possible, he said. “I think the liklihood is we have all the people in custody who helped him. We will be working with Walker County to see if they have additional charges. We actually have local charges on them aiding, abetting and hiding him here.”

Asked about drug use, one of the people besides Kilpatrick was in possession of cocaine after authorities entered the house and was arrested as a result, he said.

Kilpatrick will face an extradition hearing concerning being returned to Alabama, but Snyder will likely return to Walker County.

Snyder said residents in the neighborhood were surprised their quiet neighborhood was getting all the attention that night.

“They were pretty dazed that this guy that the whole country was looking for was in a house in their neighborhood. I do think they were stunned,” he said, with a large police contingent approaching with blue lights and equipment.