Local inmates plot to escape using toothbrush ‘shank’

Raekwon Jones and Kendell Serrette (Photo courtesy: James City County Police)

JAMES CITY COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) — Two inmates being held at the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail in Williamsburg have been charged after police say they attempted to escape from the jail.

James City County Police say 43-year-old Kendell Serrette and 18-year-old Raekwon Jones planned to take a correctional officers keys so they could escape.

According to police, on Aug. 29, Serrette was armed with a “shank” made from a toothbrush and attacked a 45-year-old correctional officer while he was conducting security checks. He grabbed the officer and held the shank to his throat demanding the keys.

Other correctional officers came to the officers aid. The officer suffered minor injuries.

Investigators said a search of Jones’ cell revealed a hand-written map of the jail to plot their escape route.

The two were detained and charged with malicious wounding, attempted escape, assaulting a correctional officer and conspiracy to assault a correctional officer.

Serrette is serving a two year sentence for weapons offenses, destruction of property and probation violation. Jones is being held awaiting trial on sexual assault charges. Both inmates are being held at the VPRJ without bond.

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