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Police: Maintenance worker helps inmate escape

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Jimmy Michael Hopkins (Source: HCSO) Jimmy Michael Hopkins (Source: HCSO)
According to Hinds County Sheriff Tyrone Lewis, maintenance worker Timothy Tyrone Bankston was arrested Friday and charged with aiding an escape. (Source: HCSO) According to Hinds County Sheriff Tyrone Lewis, maintenance worker Timothy Tyrone Bankston was arrested Friday and charged with aiding an escape. (Source: HCSO)
Screwdriver Hopkins supposedly used to escape his cell (Source: HCSO) Screwdriver Hopkins supposedly used to escape his cell (Source: HCSO)
RAYMOND, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A Hinds County employee has been charged with helping a suspect escape his cell in the Raymond Detention Center earlier this month.

According to Hinds County Sheriff Tyrone Lewis, maintenance worker Timothy Tyrone Bankston was arrested Friday and charged with aiding an escape. Bankston was identified in a photo lineup as having been the employee to exchange a screwdriver for a pre-paid credit card in the amount of $20.

This is an ongoing investigation and Bankston was expected to make his initial court appearance Tuesday.

Hinds County deputies recaptured the inmate who escaped from his cell within an hour after purchasing the screwdriver.

Investigators say Bankston sold a screwdriver to 35-year-old Jimmy Michael Hopkins, who used it to break out of jail April 14.

Hinds County Sheriff's Office Spokesperson Othor Cain says Hopkins fled his pod and was found walking around the Raymond property around 12:30 p.m. the same day he escaped.

Officials say Hopkins purchased the screwdriver to pick a security lock. They say Hopkins' intentions were not to escape but to get contraband from someone outside the facility.

Hopkins, who was initially charged with motor vehicle theft, will also face escape charges.

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