6 Tennessee inmates escape behind toilet in Christmas Day jailbreak, 4 at large


A Christmas Day jailbreak saw six men escape a Tennessee jail through a hole behind a damaged toilet and four of those men remain on the run as of Monday morning.

Authorities said the escape was made possible by some leaking and rusty pipes behind a steel toilet in the Cocke County Jail Annex.

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Around 1:30 a.m., the six inmates removed the toilet and then climbed through the hole left in the wall, authorities said.

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"Apparently the bolts holding the unit rusted out and there was prior damage to the concrete due to plumbing repairs," the 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."

Two of the inmates, John Mark Speir and Steven Edward Lewis, were captured separately hours after the escape.

Speir was captured Sunday "at a residence in the Cosby community," according to police. Lewis was captured after a foot chase by officers in Cocke County.

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Two men have been charged with harboring a fugitive in connection with Speir's capture.

Cocke County officials said in a release that the four fugitives still on the run are John Thomas Shehee, 28, Harce Wade Allen, 28, Eric S Click, 29, and David Wayne Frazier, 54.

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