Convicted murdered, sex offender among three in Cocke jail break

By: Nick Bona Email
By: Nick Bona Email

NEWPORT, COCKE COUNTY (WVLT) -- Three inmates who overpowered a guard and escaped from the Cocke County Jail on Sunday night are still on the run.

It happened around 6:30 PM at the old jail in Newport.

According to the sheriff’s department, the three inmates called the guard to their cell and asked for a mop and bucket to clean the floor.

When he reached the door they knocked him to the ground, stole his keys and fled the jail in an unknown direction.

The guard suffered several cuts and bruises, and was taken to Baptist Hospital of Cocke County where he was treated and later released.

It was also the second successful jail break involving Cocke County in the last 10 months.

Last April, two inmates overpowered a guard and escaped from the nearby jail annex.

They remained on the run for nearly a week before being apprehended in separate parts of Jefferson County.

As for the most recent escapees, all three men are considered dangerous, and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Attorney General and Tennessee Highway Patrol have been called in to assist in their apprehension.

According to the sheriff’s department, one of the escaped inmates was Mark Allen Capanyola, 23, who was serving time for theft and has previous arrests in Anderson County.

The second inmate was James L. Reed, 34 who was also serving time for theft, and the last inmate was Joshua Lynn Parker, 29.

Parker had recently been convicted of second degree homicide in the attempted rape and murder of Evelyn Lackey, 65, in April 2003.

He is also a registered sex offender, having been convicted of attempted aggravated sexual battery that also occurred in 2003.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Capanyola, Reed or Parker, call the Cocke County Sheriff’s Department at (423)-623-6004 or 911.


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  • by cathy mckee Location: newport tenn on Oct 29, 2008 at 01:50 PM
    i think all criminals that are guilty should serve time in prison for what they do to innecent people especially what joshua parker did to that elderly woman. he should die in the electric chair.

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