2 Hamblen Escapees Captured; Five Still on Run

By: Brian Gregory Email
By: Brian Gregory Email

Morristown, Hamblen County (WVLT) - Police are searching for five inmates they say attacked a jailer and escaped from custody in Hamblen County.

Volunteer TV's Stephen McLamb reports, around 1:30 PM, Wednesday, Joshua Adkins flagged down a Hamblen County Sheriff's deputy and turned himself in.

McLamb reports sources tell him that Adkins was tired of running.

Around 8 Wednesday morning, Paul Long was captured.

One of the suspects still on the run is serving federal time for a violent armed robbery in Morristown in 2006.

The chief deputy says at about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday night, the inmates at the jail in Morristown asked the jailer for some ice.

But when he unlocked the annex, they pulled him inside the cell, beat him, and locked him inside.

The inmates then hit the button to unlock the outside door and seven took off.

The jailer was taken to the emergency room and treated for scrapes and bruises.

Police are looking for Joshua Adkins, Michael Banner, Nathan Carroll, Brandon Collins, Michael Long, and Nicholas Short, all pictured below.

Six of the men were in jail on misdemeanor charges that include drunk driving, arson and a previous escape.

But, Michael Curtis Long, 22, is a bit more dangerous.

At least one of the escaped inmates from Hamblen County is now being hunted by U.S. Marshals, and he has a violent past.

Michael Curtis Long, 22, has a violent conviction in his past and was serving 141 months of federal time for it.

According to a federal indictment filed in March, Long, and another man were indicted in connection with the robbery of a BP Fast Stop in Morristown on September 16, 2006.

The indictment states Long stole money from the business, and during the robbery held an employee against her will by means of actual and threatened force, violence, and fear of injury.

The indictment also states that Long carried a firearm during the robbery.

He reached a plea agreement with federal prosecutors in April of 2007, and pleaded guilty to the robbery and carrying a weapon during the robbery.

Long was one of seven men who allegedly escaped from the Hamblen County Jail Tuesday night after overpowering a guard.

He has multiple tatoos on his arms, back, and neck.

At least two will be facing additional charges for assaulting the jailer.

If you have seen any of them, call 9-1-1 immediately.

Stay connected with Volunteer TV News and volunteertv.com for continued coverage of this developing news story.

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  • by Timbo Location: Blaine, TN on Sep 12, 2007 at 09:55 AM
    For one thing, the jailer should have NEVER opened up the holding tank that they were in without at least a second jailer there to help. Other precautions should have been taken also.


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