Guy Scales Five Fences to Break Out of Maricopa County Jail; Busted Wearing Nothing but Pink Socks

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Clayton Thornburg
The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office began a press release about an escaped inmate this afternoon with the comical question "Herculean inmate? Or Darwin award?" Perhaps the questions should have been "how the hell does a guy scale five razor-wire fences without anyone noticing?"

Allow us to explain:

This morning, around 7:30, a guy was seen by sheriff's deputies running towards 35th Avenue near the Durango Jail in Phoenix. He was covered in blood and, aside from a pair of pink socks, the guy was naked.

The man, 24-year-old Clayton Thornburg, is an inmate at the jail. According to the sheriff's office, while in the jail's recreation yard, Thornburg scaled five razor-wire fences in order to reach the parking lot of the jail, where he was first seen by deputies.


Three of the fences, the sheriff's office says, are 15 feet high -- again, they're also covered in razor wire.

While scaling the fences, the sheriff's office says Thornburg's clothes -- even his "infamous pink underwear" -- were shredded by the razor wire. Thornburg was cut up pretty bad, too.

Deputies took Thornburg back into custody before he even got out of the parking lot but the question remains: how the hell does a guy scale -- in the words of the sheriff's office -- "not one but five fences" without anyone noticing.

Multiple fences aren't just part of an obstacle course for inmates -- part of their purpose is to give guards more time to respond if someone does make the bold decision to try and scale them.

In other words, if someone can get over one, there's no reason he can't get over the rest -- a sixth fence probably wasn't stopping this guy.

We contacted the sheriff's office to get an explanation but nobody got back to us.

In any event, Thornburg, who was in jail for an extensive number of property crimes, was booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail, where he now faces a felony charge for escape.
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botanybay
botanybay

Every time you use the word "Guy" in a headline, you put youself in the same league as the esteemed journalists at Channel 3.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

If this guy was not serendipitiously sighted by deputies in the parking lot, we may have had another Adrian Cruz on our hands. It was pure luck that they noticed him outside the jail. Nobody noticed him missing from inside the jail or noticed him leaving the jail.

Yuckymang
Yuckymang

Mongoloid! They all look like mongoloids!

alehound
alehound

I'm guessing he heard meth pipes were buy one get one free at the local Quickie Mart.

Bill Stoller and Gerri Cocozza
Bill Stoller and Gerri Cocozza

An Associate busted on Tommy C about this one, but we think he's only kidding

"Thanks for the link. Notice the ex-COP Tommy C is right in there?

FORMER LIEUTENANT COMMANDER TOMMY COLLINS won't ever have that escape opportunity when he gets locked up for conspiracy and other charges. Being an ex-COP, he'll undoubtedly be hidden away - protective custody WITHIN protective custody.

Won't catch Old Tommy in any yard with fences, at least not in General Population. He'd be INSTANT SHARKBAIT!!!!!!! ROTFLMAO.....

Of course, Joe Arpaio might feed TOMMY to the DOGS at any time, considering some of the shit Tommy's said about Arpaio in here. ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!!

Back to the dumb inmate escapee. Now the bonehead faces five to ten years in Florence when he could have been out on easy time or work furlough. What a skunk punk (that's worse than a punk)."

We never had any problem with Tommy C and don't really like these Associates busting on him so badly. You're OK with us, Tommy.

Check out www.badphoenixcops.blogspot.co... for the latest on Phoenix police and government corruption. That's www.badphoenixcops.com - where the TRUTH hurts.

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Sick and Tired
Sick and Tired

I'm sure 7:30 is when the roach coach shows up to open the feed trough for the detention officers. All things would be possible at that time.

Drake
Drake

Maybe he was running from something that scared him more than the razor wire. Maybe the gaurds thought it would be a good lesson to make him climb all 5 fences before arresting him and adding to his time. I really have no Idea, but maybe someone should find out.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

"Deputies took Thornburg back into custody before he even got out of the parking lot but the question remains: how the hell does a guy scale -- in the words of the sheriff's office -- "not one but five fences" without anyone noticing."

Mr, King, I realize that question was posted as a rhetorical, however I think I may know the answer:

The same Detention Officer on duty during the murder of Robert Cotton by Peter Van Winkle was charged with watching the fence line perimeter.

MCSO sources say he was busy on a phone call talking to another DO about studying for an upcoming promotional exam. Which is the same lame excuse used for MCSO ignoring the murder of Robert Cotton. Apparently that D.O. didn't study hard enough for promotion.

But, under NO CIRCUMSTANCES will MCSO take ANY responsibility for this failure.

It just isn't the MCSO way to say they might need to improve.

Thane_Eichenauer
Thane_Eichenauer

You silly. You don't think there are deputies constantly walking the perimeter do you?

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Thane, I don't know what I was thinking. Thanks for grounding me on this one. I was thinking like a professional law enforcement officer, expecting that there might actually be some sort of alarm system installed within the fencing to alert the detention officers to get off their personal phone calls and check the perimeter fencing. Dopey me. But wait!

It just might be that MCSO jails can't afford proper security systems because the shurf used that money for other things,. like the MACE unit, or sweeps to garner votes, or to send his favorite officers to Alaska on extradition (fishing) trips, or extradition (gambling) trips to Las Vegas...

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