Escaped Inmate Search Ends In Vacant Home

By: Rashi Vats Email
By: Rashi Vats Email

A manhunt for a Robertson County jail inmate ended with his capture this afternoon.

The manhunt lasted three hours, and during that time three schools in Franklin were placed on lockdown.

The inmate, 29-year-old Deandre Kinney, attended a hearing this morning for a home burglary charge at the Robertson County Courthouse, but ran off while being taken back to the jail.

"It's scary. I don't really know anything about the guy so that is what's scary,” said Megan Evans whose son attends one of the schools under lockdown.

Early in the afternoon, during a tense 3 hours while investigators searched for Kinney, three schools in Franklin ISD were placed on lockdown.

"It is scary when you have kids. Panicked because you want to know if they are okay or not. It has been scary,” said Stephanie Duncan, another parent.

Kinney escaped around 1 p.m. as he was being taken from the courthouse to the jail following a hearing on a home burglary charge.

"He was dressed in his black and white stripes, and he was handcuffed in the front. It was a deputy with 3 inmates. He was the lead inmate, and he took off running,” said Robertson County Sheriff Gerald Yezak.

Investigators say an officer spotted Kinney about a block away from the jail. He broke through a back door of a vacant home and was pinned down by deputies.

In addition to the burglary charge, Sheriff Yezak says Kinney now faces another felony charge for escaping.

The Franklin Police Department also plans to file charges against Kinney for breaking into 2 homes during the manhunt.

The Robertson County Sheriff's Office says this is the first inmate escape in nearly 20 years.

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