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Investigators Sort Out Strange Coincidence of Friday Night Jailbreak

Kevin Killeen
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St. Louis Medium Security Jail, Hall Street (KMOX/file photo)

St. Louis Medium Security Jail, Hall Street (KMOX/file photo)

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — The inmate who escaped over the weekend at the city jail on Hall street in north St. Louis is back in custody,  but questions remain about his escape and the separate probe into the suspension of the city’s top jailer. 

Mayor Slay’s Director of Operations, Police Captain Sam Dotson, is heading up the investigation.  Dotson was asked about reports that up to seven prison staffers on the inside failed to subdue the inmate, and once he got over the fence he met no resistance because the perimeter guard wasn’t carrying a gun.

“Those are all factors that are under investigation,”Dotson said, “I will tell you that there were a number of corrections officers, but to say that they stood there and did nothing is not a true depiction of the facts of the circumstances.”

Dotson says the inmate had fashioned a pair of martial arts nunchucks from bed sheets and a broken chair to keep officers at bay.   It’s unclear why the officers didn’t shock the inmate into submission with a taser gun, or simply gang tackle him and cuff him.

“I think this was a case where an inmate developed a plan and I don’t believe the action against Mr. Stubblefield on Friday had any bearing on this individual’s decision to escape,” Dotson said.

Dotson says the investigation of Stubblefield is an administrative matter.  There are no criminal allegations.  The main concern is effectiveness of management in light of recent escapes and attempted escapes at the city’s two jails.

“There is no indication that Mr. Stubblefield was stealing or doing anything inappropriate,” Dotson said, “We want to make sure that the management of the corrections department is what the city of St. Louis and the mayor expect.”

Stubblefield declined to comment.  The investigation is expected to take a matter of weeks, Dotson said.

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