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Four caught trying to break out of Wayne jail

Posted February 2, 2015

Joseph Wilson Hasty, Joseph Decore Simms, Karcellius Tyquan Sutton and Derajay Speede Williams, left to right

— Four inmates in the Wayne County Detention Center were caught Sunday trying to chisel their way out, authorities said.

Joseph Wilson Hasty, 22, Joseph Decore Simms, 25, Karcellius Tyquan Sutton, 21, and Derajay Speede Williams, 18, were all charged with felony escape.

Wayne County Sheriff's Office Capt. Robert Thaxton said the inmates removed a piece of metal from a shower area in the jail and tried to chisel the mortar around some cinder blocks in the cell wall.

"Pounding on a jail cell wall creates a lot of noise, so our officers were right on top of it," Thaxton said. "They (the inmates) never breached the wall."

Williams has been in the jail since April, facing two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and one count of assault with deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. He also faces a murder charge in Greene County.

Sutton has been in jail since December 2013 on a charge of attempted murder.

Simms has been in jail since April on charges of kidnapping, robbery, possession of  stolen goods, injury to personal property, larceny and a probation violation.

Hasty has been in jail since last Thursday on charges of breaking and entering a motor vehicle, larceny and financial card fraud.


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  • nicholecarpenterisback2 Feb 3, 2015

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    There has been a rash of stories where the comments are closed. It is interesting as to the pattern of these stories. It's been pretty easy to figure out though.

  • PITNSMOKE Feb 3, 2015

    Yall want to cut their hair!!!!! Mr. Barber would have you in court for violating their RIGHTS AS CRIMINALS. Then have Prodeadsters in Raleigh that night, I'm sorry working Americans in Raleigh that night with of course their ID's.

  • Katie Miller Feb 2, 2015
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    Does anyone else find it strange that if a person joins the military, he/she is forced to conform to hair guidelines.
    However, these inmates (many who have been in jail for a while) seem to have their hair braided? I think it should be a requirement for inmates to have a close haircut and clean shaven. It looks like it would be a good idea for sanitary purposes as well. But, as my boy fights overseas, the inmates continue to have more freedoms than he does.

  • Mark Farmer Feb 2, 2015
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    Maybe you should go teach English someplace, instead of making English corrections while you troll WRAL.

  • Jack Miller Feb 2, 2015
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    Put a lions den on the other side of the wall and let them keep chiseling away...

  • James Barefoot Feb 2, 2015
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    I think when you get into the slammer, the first thing you need is a good cleanup and a hair cut . Just saying

  • pediatrician Feb 2, 2015

    they didn't watch shawshank all the way through to get the nuances of proper clandestine escape chiseling

  • George Mertz Feb 2, 2015
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    How about we just put a hot poker up their rears and call it a day. Four less pathetic scum balls in the world.

  • csmith517 Feb 2, 2015

    Smart ain't they.......

  • bobbobson23 Feb 2, 2015

    I can take a wild guess at which one is Joseph Wilson Hasty...