Pinellas County Jail inmate Jamaal Jenkins apparently didn’t plan to wait for his trial on two murder charges to decide his fate.
Authorities say he was using a tool fashioned from items he found in the jail to try to bore through the concrete wall of his cell in an escape attempt. He even made a false wall surface to conceal his work, they said.
During a check Nov. 28, detention deputies found “suspicious markings” on the wall and around a window of Jenkins’ maximum-security cell, said Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. David DiSano.
A closer look revealed that Jenkins, 26, had been hiding the chips he’d made in the cell walls by using forms he got at the commissary and gray and white paint he peeled from jail walls, according to an arrest affidavit.