Two Inmates Busted After Planning an Escape from the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center

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Charles Saylor, 31
Larry Bennett Jr., 41

Deputies foiled an attempted escape plot by two inmates early Sunday at the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center, said Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold.

"Two inmates had attempted to escape by prying out the window of the cell by using improvised, makeshift tools," Sheriff Arnold said. "Deputies did a good job of catching them before they escaped."

Charges are pending against inmates Charles Saylor, 31, of Lebanon, and Larry Bennett Jr., 41, of Murfreesboro. They were moved out of the cell, which is now unoccupied, and into segregated cells.


"We are re-evaluating all of our procedures because we have a new jail administrator," Sheriff Arnold said. "We are reviewing our policies and procedures and security procedures to see if there are any deficiencies and will correct those as soon as possible."

Saylor was charged with four counts each of burglary and theft Feb. 15. He is scheduled to be in General Sessions Court Tuesday on those charges.


Bennett, who violated parole on a vehicular homicide conviction, was also charged with evading arrest, driving on a revoked license and simple possession of drugs Jan. 12. He is awaiting transfer to the Tennessee Department of Correction.

Deputies were notified and discovered the makeshift tools and broken window in the D pod on the second floor of the nine-story detention center. The window cannot be seen from the outside because it is blocked by the annex housing women inmates.

The detention center holding male inmates has four, two-story pods. Each pod is divided into quarters with a deputy stationed on the A-B pods side to watch inmates from that side and monitor inmates on the C-D side by cameras. Since the detention center opened in 1998, the C-D side has not been manned due to lack of staffing.

Detention deputies conduct cell inspections at least once a week.

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