Former coworkers trick jail escapee with offer to go buy his breakfast

Jeff Bobo • May 24, 2018 at 10:59 AM

ROGERSVILLE — Hawkins County Jail escapee Aaron Lee Morelock was expecting a breakfast delivery Thursday morning in the Rogersville vacant house where he was hiding, but instead he received a free ride back to jail.

Morelock, 34, 414 Grassy Creek Road, Rogersville, was the last of four inmates who escaped Wednesday afternoon to be captured, and the only inmate to earn himself one whole night of "freedom.”

That freedom was spent hiding out in a vacant house on Stevens Drive in Rogersville where he'd previously been employed with the contractor providing the renovation.

Rogersville Police Department Detective Travis Fields told the Times News that when the contractor arrived at the Stevens Drive house Thursday morning he was surprised to find Morelock hiding out there.

"By that time, Mr. Moreock was pretty hungry and they offered to go buy his breakfast and bring it back," Fields said. "While they were gone they contacted Central Dispatch and reported Mr. Morelock's whereabouts."

Around 10:30 a.m. the RPD and HCSO surrounded the house, and Morelock quickly surrendered without resistance.

Two of the four escapees, Brian David Hall, 34, 124 Austin Mill Road, Rogersville, and Timothy Edward Griffin, 35, 665 Gilbreath Road, Mosheim, were captured Wednesday afternoon in Rogersville.

Around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Jonathan Blake Skeens, 28, 119 Mitchell Loop, Rogersville, was taken into custody in the area of Bret Price Road in the Mooresburg community in far western Hawkins County.

Shortly before 2 p.m. Wednesday, an HCSO Court Security Officer doing a security check outside the Justice Center noticed jail-issued shoes on the hillside beside the exercise yard.

The officer then noticed wire on the fence had been pulled back, and corrections staff was notified.

It was determined that the four inmates had escaped through the fence during recreation time.

Chief Deputy Tony Allen said that area of fence has since been reinforced.

Hall, Griffin and Morelock were previously being held on felony charges, so they were charged with felony escape, while misdemeanor offender Skeens was charged with misdemeanor escape.

Allen said an investigation is underway, and there may be additional arrests related to anyone who assisted Skeens after the escape. Morelock also has a new burglary charge pending related to the house he spent Wednesday night hiding in.


Previous article:

One of four inmates from Hawkins Jailbreak still at large

The stories behind the escapees. Click each link to find out why they’re in jail:

Brian David Hall: Hawkins deputies seize meth, handgun while serving FTA warrant

Timothy Edward Griffin: Man on stolen motorcycle leads CHPD on high speed chase

Aaron Lee Morelock: Walmart theft suspect drops loaded gun, trips during handcuffed escape attempt

Jonathan Blake Skeens: Decapitation threat, jailer attack earn Hawkins man more than 400 days in jail

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