Escaped Carbon Hill inmate known as ‘Chewy’ turns self in

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December 25 2021 12:00 am

CARBON HILL, Ala. (WIAT) — An inmate known by the nickname of “Chewy” turned himself in Friday after escaping Wednesday in Carbon Hill.

Joe Brandon Thornton, 32, escaped from the Carbon Hill jail on Wednesday. Police believe that he purposely set a blanket on fire with a vape in his cell. Police do not know how he obtained a vape. The jailer evacuated the jail and got the fire extinguisher to put out the blanket.

Smoke filled the jail area and doors had to be opened to clear it out. Police say that during this process, Thornton escaped.

Carbon Hill police later received a call from a third party that Thornton had made forced entry into two apartments. Police believe that he knew the residents and was seeking aid.

On Friday at 8:15 p.m., Thornton turned himself in.

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