Sheriff: Man arrested in failed jail break scheme

Published 06/02 2014 12:22PM

Updated 06/06 2014 10:10PM

A man has been arrested for trying to free an inmate from the Houston County Jail earlier this year. Christopher Lee Crumpton, 29, of Eufaula was taken into custody Friday and charged with four felonies.

The charges against Crumpton stem from the attempted break in at the jail that occurred February 6. “He was trying to help inmate Richard Bryan Parrish to escape,” said Sheriff Andy R. Hughes.

“We were able to determine it was Crumpton who committed these crimes through the use of DNA,” Hughes said. He wouldn’t specify the type of DNA but said the tests were conducted by the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences.

Neither would Hughes reveal exactly what Crumpton did in the failed attempt to free his friend citing security concerns. The sheriff said there’s little likelihood that anyone could escape from the jail under such circumstances.

Crumpton is accused of Permitting or Aiding an Escape, Promoting Prison Contraband, Possession of Burglary Tools, and Burglary 3rd degree. He’s held on $400,000 bond.

Parrish was charged with Escape 3rd Degree.

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