Search for escaped prisoner underway in Franklin; Residents asked to be vigilant this morning

At 1:18 am, Franklin Police were notified that a prisoner who was being walked into the Williamson County Jail had escaped.

While a Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper was preparing to take 31-year-old Joseph Ray Perkins into the Williamson County Jail, on Century Court in Franklin, Perkins emerged from the Trooper’s vehicle, assaulted the Trooper, and then fled on foot. The Trooper was uninjured, but Perkins, who had managed to slip his handcuffs from behind his back during transport, is currently at-large.

Joseph Perkins, who was wanted in Alabama for First Degree Burglary, is a violent felon with a lengthy history. He is 6’2” and weighs 180 pounds. When Perkins escaped he was wearing a white t-shirt, gray shorts, tennis shoes, and handcuffs. His shoes have been found in a nearby rock quarry. It is highly likely that Perkins is still on foot in the area.

As we continue to search for Perkins, area residents are urged to be vigilant as they head out this morning. Do not leave vehicles running or unlocked and unattended, and be sure that your home is secure when getting ready for work. If you see Perkins, call 9-1-1.

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