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Nash County Sheriff's Office personnel search for five inmates that escaped Monday from the Nash County Detention Center in Nashville.


Staff Writer

Monday, March 25, 2019

NASHVILLE — Monday’s jailbreak of five prisoners underscores the need for upgraded facilities and more staff at the Nash County Detention Center, Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone said Monday night.

“We need to have upgraded facilities and we need to have a pod system where you have fewer prisoners in a pod. You can manage five people but you can’t manage 40 people and that is what we are trying to do now. I have been asking for these upgrades for four years. It takes time for these upgrades, but we have got to address this issue now,” Stone told the Telegram Monday night.

As of presstime, the Nash County Sheriff's Office and other local law enforcement officers were still seeking the whereabouts of five inmates who escaped from the Nash County Detention Centerabout 4 p.m. Monday in Nashville.

Stone gave reporters a tour of the escape route used by the prisoners during a Monday night press conference. Stone said the prisoners were able to kick through a mesh fence that separated the exercise yard from a brick hallway leading to the back door of the prison. After that, the five prisoners apparently worked together to scale two tall metal framed doors with woven plastic strips that were all that stood between them and freedom. Two pairs of orange flip flops worn by inmates were still on the grass outside of the door Monday night.

“The problem is that the fence is dilapidated here and we are short on manpower. We are going to look into the issue, but I have spoken with people in the county and they have assured me that they are going to help us with this matter,” Stone said.

Authorities identified the five men as:

■ David Marshal Viverette of Rocky Mount, 28, a white man 6 feet 3 inches tall weighing 170 pounds. He was jailed under multiple charges including robbery with a dangerous weapon and possession of a stolen automobile.

■ David Ruffin Jr. of Bailey, 30,  a white man 5 feet 9 inches tall weighing 150 pounds. Ruffin was jailed on charges of possession of heroin.

■ Keonte Daemoan Murphy of Rocky Mount, 23, a black man 5 feet 4 inches tall weighing 170 pounds. Murphy was jailed under multiple charges including robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and assault by strangulation.

■ Raheem D-Carlos Horne of Rocky Mount, 25, a black man 5 feet 5 inches tall weighing 180 pounds. Horne was jailed under multiple charges including first-degree burglary, common law robbery and larceny of a motor vehicle.

■ Laquaris Rashad Battle of Castalia, 22, a black man 6 foot 6 inches tall weighing 155 pounds. Battle was jailed for possession of a stolen automobile, larceny of a motor vehicle and simple assault.

Stone said the men are most likely separated and traveling alone or in pairs. When they are caught, they will face additional charges related to the escape but will most likely be sent to another facility, authorities said.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of the inmates should call 52-459-1510 or dial 911.