Three Bell County jail inmates escape through propped-open door

Raymond Farr Jr. 20, of Middlesboro.
Raymond Farr Jr. 20, of Middlesboro. Bell County jail

Three Bell County jail inmates walked out Tuesday through a door that was propped open to cool down the jail.

Pineville Police Chief Bill Matthews said Gary Mills, Raymond Farr Jr. and Bobby Holman escaped about 4 a.m. Tuesday. Matthews said the jail has had heating and air conditioning problems, so the staff opened a door and put an industrial fan to cool the jail.

The men were in the showers and just walked out the door, Matthews said.

Pineville police have received multiple tips on the whereabouts of the inmates, but they remain at large. Matthews said police in Knox County were notified because Mills is from Barbourville.

Mills was held on charges of robbery, fleeing, burglary and more, the jail’s website said. Farr was held on charges including fourth-degree assault and had been sentenced for falsely reporting an incident, the website said. Holman was held on a bench warrant, the website said.

McKenna Horsley: 859-231-3197, @mckennahorsley