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Jail break fail: Inmate faces escape charges

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STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) -

Jailers stopped an escape Christmas night before it could happen. The inmate now faces more charges and deputies are searching for his accomplice.

Chief Deputy Jared Akins of the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office told WTOC someone broke through a perimeter fence behind the jail and helped Tahjz Irving break two three-inch wide glass panes from his cell window.

Then, Akins said, that person slipped Irving a tool to try and break the metal bar that separated those panes. That bar proved harder to remove than Irving anticipated and jailers caught the damage before he could escape.

"The facility did what it was designed to do, which was prevent him from getting through that window," Akins said. "The more secure a place is, from the inside out, the more inmates have to recruit outside help.

The chief deputy said the incident has also prompted the sheriff's office to add other safety measures, but he would not elaborate on what they are.

The accomplice escaped before jailers could reach them. However, Akins said they have warrants for the person's arrest and are actively searching.

According to the sheriff's office, Irving was arrested in October 2013 on warrants issued by Georgia Southern University Police charging him with burglary, kidnapping, simple battery, and criminal trespass. He'll now face an additional charge of attempting to escape.

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