Jail escapee back in custody
by Rachel Davis
Feb 01, 2013 | 4349 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Kenneth Lynn Carlton
Kenneth Lynn Carlton
SUMITON — The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office assisted Sumiton police in apprehending escapee Kenneth Lynn Carlton, 22, in Mulga Wednesday night after an almost two-day manhunt.

A tip from the public led officers to a residence on Railroad Ave in Mulga and Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies entered the residence and took Carlton into custody at approximately midnight.

Sumiton Police Chief T. J. Burnett expressed appreciation to the public for their tips and assistance in finding Carlton so quickly as well as Jefferson County for their assistance in the apprehension.

“I want to commend those involved for the cooperation between the agencies to return this fugitive to custody,” Burnett said.

Carlton escaped from the Sumiton jail early Tuesday morning as a jailer attempted to move him from one cell to another.  The jailer chased him on foot, but was unable to take him back into custody. He was last seen by police near Bevill State Community College in Sumiton.

Carlton was in jail on five counts of failure to appear on misdemeanor charges. Once that sentence was finished, he was scheduled to be transferred to Walker County Jail for a separate felony and four other misdemeanor charges regarding drugs and obstructing justice. Carlton will now face an additional felony count for the escape.