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Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office

A female deputy assaulted by two inmates during an escape was treated for minor injuries Wednesday at St. Thomas Rutherford and released, said Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh.

dewayne halfacre
dewayne halfacre

Inmates Dewayne Halfacre, 43, of Lynchburg and Jonathan Cody Baxter, 28, of Murfreesboro, remain on the run. Halfacre is awaiting trial for aggravated robbery in January of Almaville Market. He fled to Marion County where he was captured five days later.

Baxter is awaiting trial on a theft charge. They are considered dangerous fugitives.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation placed Halfacre and Baxter on the Tennessee Top Ten Most Wanted list. TBI is offering a reward up to $2,500, the U.S. Marshal Office is offering a $2,500 reward and Rutherford County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward up to $1,000 for a potential $6,000.

jonathan baxter
jonathan baxter

The U.S. Marshal Service, TBI, Tennessee Highway Patrol and Murfreesboro Police joined the Sheriff’s office in searching for the inmates who escaped about 12:40 this morning.

They were believed armed with a handmade weapon.

Preliminary reports were the inmates climbed over the fence to escape. They fled with the deputy’s radio.

The deputy did not carry keys or a Taser, contrary to media reports that keys and a Taser were stolen from her.

“The investigation reveals another detention officer failed to follow proper procedures after the deputy was assaulted, resulting in the inmates escaping through an outside door,” Fitzhugh said. “The investigation on the improper procedure is ongoing.”

THP’s helicopter pilot and K-9s were searching for the suspects along with teams of officers.

Halfacre has a large tattoo of wings on the side of his neck. Baxter has a tattoo of what appears to be an interstate sign reading “Tennessee 615.”

Reports were received of a Honda Civic being stolen from a Murfreesboro car dealer. The car was later recovered. It has not been determined if the inmates took the car.

“We are actively following any leads that are coming to our attention,” Fitzhugh said. “Should anyone see anything suspicious, please call 615-898-7770 or 1-800-TBI FIND.”


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