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Marshall squeezes way out of jail

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Phillip Andrew Marshall escaped Bedford County Jail through this vent, officials said.
(T-G Photo by David Melson)
Andrew Phillip Marshall's latest escape from custody was harder to achieve and didn't last as long.

Marshall, 19, of Himesville Road, climbed from his cell at the newer Bedford County Jail building through an opening behind a light fixture into a ventilation system which opens to the outside, from where he was able to make a short leap and escape undetected overnight Saturday, according to the Bedford County Sheriff's Department.


Shortly after 10 p.m. Sunday city police were notified that Marshall had asked for help at a King Arthur Trailer Court home and was denied. The caller said Marshall was wearing camouflage and would be in the area between the North Hillcrest Drive trailer parks and Griffin Park.

County and city personnel converged on the area.

Marshall was spotted at Cooper Steel, North Hillcrest Drive, by Sgt. Charles Merlo of the Shelbyville Police Department. Cpl. Ben Burris and Sgt. Josh Tolar of the Bedford County Sheriff's Department saw Marshall running between two trailers in Tillett's Trailer Park.

A short foot chase ended with Marshall being arrested by Tolar with assistance from Burris. Marshall resisted arrest briefly, Tolar said.


Officials said Marshall was last seen at the jail at 10 p.m. Saturday and was gone when cells were checked early Sunday.

The homemade tool Phillip Andrew Marshall allegedly used to pry a light fixture in his cell at Bedford County Jail.
(T-G Photo by David Melson)
"He took the light fixture down and went up through the ceiling," Capt. Tony Barrett said. "He went toward the house (the jail office) and dropped to the ground."

Investigators think Marshall climbed into the ceiling, prying the light fixture with a homemade tool made with a toothbrush and knife blade, shortly after the 10 p.m. cell check, then remained in the ceiling vents until after 1 a.m.

Surveillance cameras do not show the area from which Marshall escaped, Barrett said.

Problem spot

The vent directs air into the second story of the jail, Barrett said. Several previous escapes have occurred through the vent.

"That vent's a problem," Barrett said. "We've fixed it a time or two, tried to plug it, and we're going to do something different."

Marshall went to a county-owned building at the firing range off Highway 82 South after his escape and stole several items, officials said.

Sheriff Randall Boyce was uncertain exactly what items had been stolen.

Marshall previously ran away from a work crew working near his Himesville Road home on July 9. He was found several days later at a King Arthur Trailer Court residence.

Marshall was convicted earlier this year on charges of burglary, theft of property and vandalism.