Escaped Tennessee inmate caught behind gas station

Escaped Tennessee inmate caught behind gas station

Anthony Walker (source: Tennessee Department of Correction) Anthony Walker (source: Tennessee Department of Correction)

NASHVILLE (WATE) - Police and Tennessee Department of Correction officer captured an inmate who escaped from a minimum-security, work release facility in West Nashville early Friday morning.

Anthony Walker, 20, was discovered missing from his cell at the Charles Bass Correctional Complex around 1:00 a.m.

TDOC spokesperson Dorinda Carter said Walker jumped the fence to escape.

Just before 6:00 a.m., a man matching Walker's description was spotted at the Pilot gas station at 6418 Centennial Boulevard, just east of Briley Parkway. The gas station is less than two miles from the jailhouse.

Police and TDOC officers responded and Walker was found behind the gas station around 8:15 a.m.

When asked why he ran, Walker told Nashville's News 2 he never should have been locked up in the first place.

At the time of his escape, Walker was serving a 12-year sentence for theft, burglary and attempted aggravated child abuse and neglect.

His sentence, out of Rutherford County, was due to expire in 2020 and he would have been eligible for parole next year.

Following his capture, Carter said Walker lost his privilege to remain at Charles Bass and will be transferred to Riverbend Maximum Security Prison. New charges are pending, she said.

Walker suffered a gash on his arm during the escape, but was not seriously injured.

TDOC said it would review security at the prison around the time Walker got out.

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