DOTHAN, Ala., Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Authorities said a prisoner at the Houston County Jail in Alabama used a hacksaw blade hidden in his Bible to cut through a cell bar.
Houston County Sheriff Andy Hughes said Gregory Antonio Patterson, who was awaiting trial on charges related to two armed robberies, was charged with second-degree escape after he allegedly used the hacksaw blade to cut through one of his cell bars, the Dothan (Ala.) Eagle reported Wednesday.
Hughes said the escape attempt was foiled after a corrections officer noticed the damage to the cell bar and the small hacksaw blade was found during the following lockdown.
"It was hidden in the back cover of a Bible," Hughes told the Eagle. "That's where the blade was found at."
The sheriff said investigators are looking into how the prisoner obtained the blade.