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Escapees


Peter Osagiede, TOMIS #98180 Photo of Peter Osagiede, TOMIS #98180

Escaped December 12, 1983 from the Turney Center Industrial Prison and Farm
Offense/Sentence: Rape, 10 Years
Subject failed to return from an emergency furlough.

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Robert Poteat, TOMIS #72447 Photo of Robert Poteat, TOMIS #72447
Escaped April 6, 1974 from the Chattanooga Community Service Center
Offense/Sentence:Petit Larceny/Burglary - 2nd Degree (3 convictions), 3 Years



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John David Rowlette, TOMIS #89350 Photo of John David Rowlette, TOMIS #89350

Escaped June 16, 1981 from the Knoxville Community Service Center
Offense/Sentence: Burglary 1st Degree, 5 Years
Subject left a community service center for work at approximately 9 a.m. and failed to return.

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Robert Houston Sanders, TOMIS #106391 Photo of Robert Houston Sanders, TOMIS #106391
Escaped April 20, 1990 from the Tennessee State Penitentiary
Offense/Sentence: Aggravated Kidnapping/Robbery - Armed with Deadly Weapon/Burglary - 2nd Degree/Aggravated Assault/Burglary - 3rd Degree/Attempt to Commit Felony - Burglary/Petit Larceny (10 convictions), 81 Years
Subject walked away from a minimum security unit.

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Wesley Sawchuck, TOMIS #88065 Photo of Wesley Sawchuck, TOMIS #88065
Escaped May 30, 1980 from the Tennessee State Penitentiary
Offense/Sentence: Attempt to Commit Felony - Burglary, 1 Year 6 Months
Subject escaped from a minimum security compound during evening hours. Subject eluded security and was not observed leaving.

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Richard Simmons, TOMIS #67949 Photo of Richard Simmons, TOMIS #67949
Escaped November 18, 1981 from the Nashville Community Service Center
Offense/Sentence: Murder 1, 50 Years
Subject was assigned as a trusty to work at the state government motor pool. Subject left the job site without authorization.

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Barbara Sue Sloan, TOMIS #85257 Photo of Barbara Sue Sloan, TOMIS #85257
Escaped September 2, 1979 from the Nashville Community Service Center
Offense/Sentence: Passing Forged Checks, 3 Years

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Burton Smith, TOMIS #55197 Photo of Burton Smith, TOMIS #55197
Escaped September 21, 1961 from the Tennessee State Penitentiary
Offense/Sentence: Grand Larceny/Petit Larceny (3 convictions), 4 Years

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Vanessa Denise Smith, TOMIS #89103 Vanessa Denise Smith, TOMIS #89103
Escaped October 11, 1980 from the Memphis Community Service Center
Offense/Sentence: Arson - Setting a Fire, 1 Year

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Ronald D. Welch, TOMIS #73930 Photo of Ronald D. Welch, TOMIS #73930

Escaped June 21, 1975 from the Tennessee State Penitentiary
Offense/Sentence: Robbery Simple/Burglary - 3rd Degree (2 convictions), 5 Years

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Howard Lee White, TOMIS #55787Photo of Howard Lee White, TOMIS #55787

Escaped September 2, 1988 from the Tennessee State Penitentiary
Offense/Sentence: Fraud - Credit Card/Forgery - Checks (5 convictions), 6 Years 1 day
Subject failed to return from an approved furlough.

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Fugitive Apprehension Procedures


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Tennessee Department of Correction - Internal Affairs (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) (615) 741-7144 or Tennessee Bureau of Investigations (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) 1-800-824-3463 (1-800-TBI-FIND)

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Tennessee Department of Correction
Director of Internal Affairs
320 6th Avenue North
6th Floor, Rachel Jackson Building
Nashville, Tennessee 37243-0465