UPDATED: Two inmates escaped early Monday morning at approximately 1:40 am from the Hamilton County Jail.
Dylon Lafollette was captured by Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Detectives and Fugitive personnel near the 100 block of North Market Street. He has been returned to the Hamilton County Jail where he will be charged with escape.
HCSO personnel are still searching for Dustin Lee Adams. It is believed he may have been injured in the escape and might seek medical attention.
Anyone with any information regarding Adams’ whereabouts should contact the HCSO Fugitive Division at 423-622-0022
The following is a press release from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office.
At approximately 1:40 am, two inmates managed to escape from the Hamilton County Jail by breaking a window and removing the screws holding the security screen. Upon noticing the incident, jail personnel immediately notified HCSO deputies and the Chattanooga Police Department.
The two inmates were being held on the second floor which is typically used to house minimum security (low-risk) inmates. At this time, there is no belief that either inmate poses an immediate danger to the general public.
The two inmates who escaped were Dustin Lee Adams and Dylon Lafollette.
Inmate Dustin Lee Adams (DOB – 12-1-90) was being housed for the following crimes: Possession of a firearm ,Burglary, Theft of property, Theft of property (over $10,000) and Theft of property (Auto)
Adams is described as a white male, 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs approximately 100 pounds. He holds from Polk and Bradley counties respectively and was considered homeless with no permanent physical address.
Inmate Dylon Lafollette (DOB – 6-26-97) was being housed for the following crimes: Theft of property (over $10,000) and Criminal Conspiracy.
Lafollette is described as a white male, 5 feet 11 inches and weighs approximately 185 pounds. His last known address was 1733 Walnut Hill Lane in Sevier County, Tennessee.
HCSO Deputies and CPD Officers have been notified of the escape and are actively looking for both escapees.
Anyone with any information as to the whereabouts of these two individuals should contact 911 immediately.
Once again, neither of these two escapees are considered to be violent offenders and the HCSO wishes to reassure the public that every effort is being made to find and return these two inmates to custody in the Hamilton County Jail.
The HCSO Criminal Investigation Division has been notified and detectives are actively investigating the escape and aiding in the search for both inmates.
This is the first successful escape from the Hamilton County Jail in more than 15 years.
The community will be notified once both inmates are located and are back in custody.