CAPTURED!!! Search underway for federal inmate who burned and cut his way out of an Alabama jail (Talladega, AL)


Timothy Allen Phillips (U.S. Marshals Service)


A search is underway for a prisoner who cut and burned his way out of an Alabama cell early Thursday.

The U.S. Marshals Service is offering a $2,500 reward for information that leads to the recapture of Timothy Allen Phillips. The 38-year-old Trussville man was being held in the Talladega County Jail on federal firearms charges.

Sheriff Jimmy Kilgore said the escaped happened about 2 a.m. Video showed Phillips cutting a bar and then burning the heavy plastic window. Lawmen have been searching for Phillips all morning and are following up several leads.

“He’ll be back,’’ Kilgore said, “and for a longer period of time.”

U.S. Marshal Marty Keely said Phillips is dangerous and should not be approached. He is a white male, 5-feet, 11-inches tall weighing 175 pounds.

Phillips has skull and snake tattoos on his arm. Anyone who sees him should call 911 immediately. Anyone who has information on his whereabouts can call the U.S. Marshals Service at 1-800-336-0102.